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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. As the book opens, the author says that the name "Winnipeg" originated with which Native American tribe?
2. Which of the following does Burton NOT mention as a use for badger pelts in Chapter Five?
3. How does the MacDonald family react to seeing the badger Burton caught?
4. How does Ben react when William begins to skin the male badger?
5. When did William first meet the neighbor?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ben so happy at dinner at the end of Chapter Three?
2. Describe the den the badger creates for herself and her litter.
3. What does Esther suggest in Chapter One as the real reason Ben acts as though he is afraid of his father?
4. As the prologue ends, what does the author say is the MacDonald family's greatest problem and why is that problem strange?
5. What reasons does William give Esther for why he agreed to let Burton run traps on their land?
6. What occurrence leads the MacDonalds to name the site for the new farm?
7. Describe the way in which William and Esther MacDonald planned to find the site for their farm.
8. Why does William think Ben isn't normal, as stated in Chapter One?
9. Why was the male badger unable to detect the danger of the trap?
10. Explain why the female badger did not run after her meeting with Ben.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is William a believable pioneer father? At different points in the novel he is concerned about his lack of relationship with Ben. Is this realistic? Given the era, how much of a role is William expected to play in raising the children?
Essay Topic 2
Can the novel be accurately described as a coming-of-age story? Why or why not? What characteristics of that genre apply? Are there characteristics that do not apply? Support your answer with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Ben's relationship with his father evolves a number of times throughout the story. Analyze and discuss these changes and how the different stages of their relationship affects each of them. Use supporting information from the text.
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