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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. What does Ben notice when he examines the badger's body that assures him it's not the badger he met?

3. For what reason is Ben eager to start school?

4. As Chapter Five opens, Burton arrives at the MacDonald farm just in time for what?

5. Why does the neighbor say the dog's reaction to Ben is unusual?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the way in which William and Esther MacDonald planned to find the site for their farm.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Ben's behavior when the family goes inside to dinner and he is left alone with the dead badger's body.

7. Why does William hit Ben when Ben tries to stop him from skinning the badger?

8. Describe how the female badger escapes from the trap in Chapter Six.

9. What occurrence leads the MacDonalds to name the site for the new farm?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Ben communicates with humans and with animals, but does not completely communicate with either group. Compare and contrast Ben's communication methods between these groups and explain why he cannot communicate completely with either.

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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