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. When did William first meet the neighbor?

2. How many days of travel did it take the MacDonalds to find open land north of Winnipeg when they were searching for a farm site?

3. How does the author say Esther MacDonald reacts to the journey in the prologue?

4. Why does Burton decide not to shoot the male badger?

5. What noise does the female badger NOT make while digging?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mr. Burton's appearance as discussed in Chapter One.

4. How do the townspeople of Winnipeg react to the stories of Ben's relationship with animals?

5. One of the pups is still alive when the female badger finally escapes the trap and returns to her den. Why does the last pup die?

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

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

8. Describe the difference between William and Esther's opinions of Ben's development in Chapter Two.

9. As the prologue ends, what does the author say is the MacDonald family's greatest problem and why is that problem strange?

10. Why is Ben so happy at dinner at the end of Chapter Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of George Burton and Ben MacDonald. Are they good versus evil? Or something else? In what ways are their motivations alike and different? Do they have anything in common at all?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between William and Esther MacDonald. Do the two have a believable relationship? What are the major sources of conflict between the two of them, if any? Use supporting details from the book to support your paper.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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