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. Where does Ben initially try to take shelter from the coming storm after he gets lost?

2. Ben sleeps for four hours after he sees the person on the horse in the distance. What does he notice when he wakes up?

3. In the first week after Ben's disappearance, how many hours does William spend looking for Ben each day?

4. Who does Ben ask to help bury the badger?

5. What animal alarms Ben in his hiding spot during the storm in Chapter Seven?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the search team finally call off their search for Ben after two days?

3. Describe the fight between Burton and William.

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

5. Why does the badger follow John's horse when he rides for home with Ben?

6. 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?

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

8. Why is the bird in Chapter Seven leading Ben away from the house?

9. Why does the author make a point of saying that Ben cries for his father at the end of Chapter Eight?

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

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

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?

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