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. In Chapter One, what is William's attitude toward Ben?

2. Lord Selkirk, who manages the Hudson Bay Company, brings in settlers from which country to farm the Winnipeg area?

3. Where is Burton while the female badger is struggling with the trap?

4. What favor does the new neighbor ask of William MacDonald?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the female badger hunts prairie dogs, and what problem she might encounter in the process.

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

3. Why does the hawk not frighten the badger while she searches for a site for her den?

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

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

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

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

8. What reasons does William give Esther for why he agreed to let Burton run traps on their land?

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

10. In the prologue, how is Esther MacDonald described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eckert includes some imagery--such as the deaths of animals--that may strike the reader as gruesome and unnecessary. Are these details unnecessary? Or are they essential to the story? What message does the author intend to convey with these descriptions? Is the author heartless? Or is he merely trying to present an accurate picture of nature?

Essay Topic 2

Based on his treatment of each group in the novel, does the author prefer humans or animals? What evidence supports your theory? Which group does the author spend more time describing, and why?

Essay Topic 3

The concept of man versus nature is a recurrent one throughout literature. Examine and explain the ways in which this novel addresses this age-old debate. Use information from the text to support the paper.

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