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. Why doesn't Searcy go into the house when Mama invites him?

2. What is Little Arliss' reaction to Old Yeller?

3. What does Travis think about Old Yeller?

4. How does Travis react to the pending bull fight?

5. Why is it hard for a dog to fight with a boar coon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the disturbing news that Lisbeth gives to Travis.

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

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

4. What is the reaction of Little Arliss and Mama to the big dog?

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

6. Describe the situation when Travis shoots the deer.

7. Explain what Old Yeller does to save Little Arliss from certain death.

8. Explain why Travis doesn't want to shoot a javelina hog.

9. Summarize why Mama names the area in which they live Birdsong Creek.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Travis reveals his view of what a man should be.

1) Summarize the belief Travis has of his view of a man affects the way he lives and the things he does.

2) How do his actions of trying to be a man affect the way the other characters in the novel view him?

Essay Topic 2

Hydrophobia is first mentioned when Bud Searcy visits Travis' family and talks about his uncle's death from the disease.

1) Explain Travis' reaction to the mention of hydrophobia.

2) Analyze the difference in Travis' thoughts about hydrophobia as he becomes more familiar with its symptoms and the devastating effect it has on those who contract the disease.

3) Use examples from the novel to support the answer.

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the message Gipson is trying to convey about life after the Civil War in the novel?

2) Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the Coates' family and neighbors?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

(see the answer keys)

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