Incident at Hawk's Hill Test | Mid-Book 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. How does the animal Ben encounters in Chapter Three respond when he tries to feed it?

2. Where does the female badger take shelter after collapsing in her den?

3. Why does Burton move his trap after the male badger is killed?

4. From what country was the man who originally built Fort Rouge near Winnipeg?

5. Why does William agree to skin the male badger when Burton suggests it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the male badger unable to detect the danger of the trap?

2. Why does Burton wish to trap on the MacDonald's land?

3. Explain the development of the baby badgers as described in Chapter Four.

4. Describe the den the badger creates for herself and her litter.

5. What reasons does the author give in Chapter Three for why Ben wishes to become a bird?

6. According to the townspeople of Winnipeg, why does Burton take his dog, Lobo, with him wherever he goes?

7. Why is the female badger luckier in her experience with the trap than her mate?

8. During dinner in Chapter Five, who does Burton tell John carries badger fangs?

9. What happened to the badger's last litter?

10. Explain why the female badger did not run after her meeting with Ben.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Readers can, to an extent, determine the strength of Ben's relationships with those around him by examining the extent to which Ben speaks with them. To which characters is Ben closest? Which characters does he not have much of a relationship with? Analyze Ben's relationship with each of his family members using his communication as evidence of his feelings.

Essay Topic 2

George Burton is banished but not necessarily defeated at the end of the novel. Does this negate his status as the embodiment of evil in the novel? Or is the author trying to say that good is not always completely victorious?

Essay Topic 3

Does the author present a realistic view of pioneer life, or is his version idealized to the point of being unbelievable? Include research to support your claim.

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