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. Where does Gus think Blue Duck is headed with Lorena?

2. What does Jake insist on if they are going to travel with the herd?

3. What does Call do every night, now that he has decided to go to Montana?

4. How does Gus feel about going to Montana?

5. What does Jake think about doing with Lorena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Deets warn Lorena?

2. Why does the bartender at the bar in San Antonio make Gus so mad?

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

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

5. What does Wilbarger want from Call? What does he offer?

6. Why does Jake call himself a fool?

7. What does Gus understand about the constant talk of Sean's death?

8. Captain Call was restless. What did he want to do?

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

10. What bothers Newt most about the crew's negative remarks about Jake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Newt is a character on the edge of adulthood. Write an essay about Newt's transition to adulthood.

Part 1) What are the rites of passage that define him?

Part 2) What kind of adult does Newt want to become?

Part 3) Who are Newt's role models? Why does he look up to those role models? Use examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Being racist is to judge a person based on his or her race instead of the person as an individual. Write an essay addressing any racism in Lonesome Dove.

Part 1) Are the Hat Creek men racist toward Mexicans? Include examples from the novel explaining your answer.

Part 2) Are the Hat Creek men racist toward Indians? Include examples from the novel explaining your answer.

Part 3) Do the Hat Creek men discriminate against any other groups? If so, what groups? How do they discriminate? If not, show examples of the men treating other groups as equals.

Essay Topic 3

The novel includes both lawmen and outlaws throughout the story. The lawmen like Call, Gus, and July try their best to uphold and enforce the law. The outlaws like Blue Duck and Dan Suggs spend their time breaking the law.

Part 1) Pick one lawman and one outlaw and compare and contrast them. What characteristics do they have in common? In what ways are they different?

Part 2) How do the two characters you selected act as if they are above the law, or that laws do not apply to them? Cite examples from the novel.

Part 3) In what ways are the two characters not above the law? Pick events from the story that show how the characters apply the law to themselves.

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