Old Yeller Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Fred Gipson
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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. When does Travis realize how badly he needs a dog?

2. What does Travis compare Little Arliss' screaming to?

3. Why doesn't Travis want to shoot a javelina hog?

4. What is Old Yeller's reaction when he is sprayed by a skunk?

5. How does Travis know that Little Arliss is in trouble?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize how Old Yeller controls the heifer, Spot.

2. Summarize the time Travis meets Old Yeller for the first time.

3. What is the news that Bud Searcy brings to Mama on his visit?

4. What does Tavis do when the bulls start fighting near the cabin?

5. Describe what Travis reveals about his relationship with Old Yeller in the beginning of the chapter.

6. Summarize Travis' feelings for Bud Searcy's daughter, Lisbeth.

7. Describe the situation when Travis shoots the deer.

8. Describe Little Arliss' reaction to Burn Sanderson's news.

9. Explain what Travis does to the big dog when he sees him for the first time and what is the dog's reaction.

10. Describe the agreement Little Arliss and Burn Sanderson arrange.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Summarize how Fred Gipson uses local color and imagery to describe the cabin and Birdsong Creek.

2) Cite descriptive examples of the interior and exterior of the cabin, the area around Birdsong Creek, and the places Travis and Old Yeller travel during the novel.

3) How does the imagery Gipson uses depict a clear and accurate picture of the cabin and surrounding landscape?

Essay Topic 2

1) Summarize the impact Old Yeller and Travis have on each other's lives.

2) What is involved in the relationship of the boy and his dog?

3) How does the relationship of a boy and his dog by today's standards differ from those of Travis and Old Yeller?

4)Cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

1) Write an introduction for the novel discussing Fred Gipson's writing style, use of dialogue, imagery, and the point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

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