Horseman, Pass By Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 do Lonnie and Jesse play at Halmea's home?

2. Where does Granddad send Lonnie and Jesse?

3. With whom would Lonnie like to speak?

4. Of what is Lonnie unsure?

5. What does Lonnie think would have been better for Granddad?

Short Essay Questions

1. For whom does Lonnie go looking and why?

2. Why does Lonnie hide and what does he do the day after Granddad's death?

3. Where does Granddad send Lonnie and Jesse, and what do they discuss?

4. What explanation does Hud give Halmea for his behavior and what is the aftermath of the situation?

5. Why does Lonnie swerve off the road and what does Hud do?

6. What does Lonnie hear and what does he think?

7. What does Lonnie do with his rifle and why, and how does Hud react?

8. What does Lonnie want to do and what is Halmea's response?

9. What is wrong with the porch?

10. What does Lonnie do and think about after the church service?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Define the concept of family and give a few hypothetical examples of how you define a family unit.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of family in Horseman, Pass By. Are Granddad, Granny, Hud and Lonnie a family? Where does Halmea fall in this set up? Jesse? Lonzo?

3. What do you think Lonnie would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granny and Hud as family along with Granddad? Why or why not.

4. What do you think Hud would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granddad and Lonnie as family? Why or why not.

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

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Granddad. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think he is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Hud. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss the character of Lonnie. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend?

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