Incident at Hawk's Hill Test | Final 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. As John continues his search southwest of the farm in Chapter Eleven, what article of clothing does he find belonging to his brother?

2. What animal do Ben and the badger fight and kill at the end of Chapter Ten?

3. When the other children return home from school, William asks John to continue the search for Ben in which direction?

4. Which of the neighbors fires the five shots to call the searchers in and cancel the search for Ben?

5. What issue do the MacDonalds face at the end of Chapter Twelve?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ben retreat to the burrow and hide when he sees Burton and Lobo riding nearby?

2. What explains the badger's behavior in feeding Ben during Chapter Ten?

3. Why does John decide to use his prized rifle to mark the spot where he found Ben's shoe, as the rifle will certainly be ruined?

4. Describe Ben's appearance when John finds him and returns home.

5. Describe William's orders to Burton after the fight.

6. Why does the search team from North Corners not turn up any sign of Ben in the two days they spend looking?

7. Why do both William and Ben believe they are responsible for William hitting Ben during the badger skinning?

8. Describe the condition of the MacDonalds in the weeks after Ben's disappearance.

9. Why is Ben afraid of the badger when she returns to her den and finds him there?

10. In Chapter Eight, does the badger intend to bring the prairie chicken for Ben or does he essentially steal it from her?

Essay Topics

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

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

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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