Lonesome Dove 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. What does Gus tell July to do?

2. Who tells Newt and the boys to get drunk before seeing the prostitutes?

3. What does Jake give Newt?

4. Who dies in the thunderstorm?

5. Who does Jake hook up with in Fort Worth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does July tell Peach is his letter to her?

2. Why does Clara want Call to change his mind about honoring Gus' request?

3. What happens to Elmira when she sees Dee?

4. Why is Po Campo not as excited about reaching Ogallala as the rest of the crew?

5. What worries Dish when Call rides off to help Gus?

6. How does Lorena feel when she hears about Jake's hanging?

7. What happens between Dish and Dixon?

8. What does July finally decide about Elmira?

9. What does Clara suggest to Lorena?

10. What does July offer Gus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Gus thinks about the chain of events that Jake sets into motion by not facing the consequences of his accidental shooting in Arkansas. Pick three or four events from the novel. How are these events based on accident or circumstance? How might things have turned out differently if the events you chose did not happen, or happened differently? How are these accidents related to choices made by one or more characters? Use examples from the novel.

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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