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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Halmea do that is meaningful to Lonnie?

2. What does Jesse do as the others return to the house?

3. Who is looking into other options for Granddad?

4. Who returns as Lonnie is just getting up the next morning?

5. Who does Lonnie see in Thalia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lonnie's family members who live at the ranch.

2. What is the most exciting event of the year for Thalia and how does Lonnie feel about it?

3. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

4. What does Newt say about the dead heifer?

5. Who is Jesse and when does he arrive at the ranch?

6. What is Hud's response on the way back from the stockyards when Granddad asks his opinion about the cattle?

7. How does Lonnie feel after hearing the conversation between Hud and Granddad and what does he do?

8. Why do Lonnie, Hud and Granddad go to the stockyards?

9. Where does Lonnie go that evening with Jesse and Lonzo and whom does he see?

10. Where does Lonnie want to go and why does he say he wants to do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Horseman, Pass By could be said to be a bildungsroman of Lonnie Bannon, the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts bildungsroman and coming of age.

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Horseman, Pass By as a bildungsroman of Lonnie Bannon. Give specific examples. What does Lonnie learn? How has Lonnie changed? Is the change for the good?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Horseman, Pass By for the suggestions of Hud's past that could be considered a bildungsroman. How do Hud and Lonnie differ in how their experiences change them? Do you think Hud ever had the innocence that Lonnie has? Why or why not? What experiences are mentioned from the past that may have shaped Hud? Do any of the experiences that take place in the present seem to change Hud?

Essay Topic 2

Horseman, Pass By, unlike perhaps a majority of novels, does not end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Horseman, Pass By and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Horseman, Pass By is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Discuss two ideas from Horseman, Pass By that you find intriguing and why.

Essay Topic 3

Three of the main characters, Hud, Granddad and Lonnie have striking contrasts in their personalities. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Granddad and Lonnie. How are they alike? How are they different? Describe and analyze their relationship. What does each think about the other? Is it likely that Lonnie will grow more like Granddad as Lonnie ages? Why or why not?

2. Compare/contrast Granddad and Hud. How are they alike? How are they different? Which is more likable? Or is either character likable? Describe and analyze their relationship. What does each think about the other?

3. Compare/contrast Hud and Lonnie. How are they alike? How are they different? Which is more likable? Reliable? Describe and analyze their relationship. What does each think about the other?

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