Lonesome Dove 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. What is July's main concern about Elmira?

2. Who gets trapped beneath the wagon in the river?

3. What does Jake think about doing with Lorena?

4. What does Gus go back to Lonesome Dove to get before leaving for Montana?

5. What does Janey offer to do when she tells Roscoe that bandits are about to ambush them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elmira feel about July? Why?

2. How does Elmira react to the news that July is going to find Jake Spoon?

3. Why does Blue Duck show so little interest in Lorena?

4. What upsets Call when Jake tells him his and Lorena's plans?

5. Not long after Sean's death there is another accident, though not fatal this time. What happens?

6. What does Jake tell Call about he and Lorena tagging along the herd?

7. How does Jake respond when Gus comes into Jake and Lorena's camp?

8. What does Gus notice about the first forty horses that makes him laugh?

9. What did Jake Spoon talk about at breakfast that interested Call and Gus?

10. Why does Gus send Newt to watch Lorena, instead of Dish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The style of Lonesome Dove changes in the last few chapters. How does this style change affect the story? Would you end the novel in a different place in the plot? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Elmira and Lorena are both prostitutes as a matter of circumstances of their lives.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Elmira and Lorena. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) How do Lorena and Elmira show their strengths or weaknesses in their characters?

Part 3) How do Lorena and Elmira each meet the challenges of their circumstances? What choices do they make to improve their lives? How does it work out for them? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Clara accuses Call of ruining his and Gus's life.

Part 1) Did Call ruin Gus's life? How or how not? Use examples from the novel to support your answer.

Part 2) Did Call ruin his own life? How or how not?

Part 3) Does Call ruin Clara's life? In what way? Does she blame Call for Gus's death?

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