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. How does the bull fight finally end?

2. What does Travis notice about Old Yeller when he first sees the dog?

3. What news does Lisbeth tell Travis about her dog, Miss Prissy?

4. What changes Travis' mind about keeping the yeller dog as he rides to the cabin?

5. Why does Travis think the new, spotted heifer calf will make a good milking cow?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the situation when Travis finds Spot and her new calf.

2. Summarize the warning the Burn Sanderson gives to Travis before he rides off.

3. Summarize Old Yeller's condition when he returns home after rescuing Little Arliss.

4. What is Burn Sanderson's offer regarding Old Yeller and why doesn't Mama accept it?

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

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

7. Explain why Travis doesn't want another dog.

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

9. Describe why Travis goes to the Salt Licks to hunt for deer.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze the events leading up to Old Yeller's death at the end of the novel.

2) Describe the symptoms and dangers of hydrophobia as seen in the novel.

3) Explain if Travis had any other alternatives other than shooting Old Yeller in the head.

4) Is Travis justified in his killing of Old Yeller? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

1) Interpret the feelings Travis and Lisbeth have for each other in the first part of the novel when they are visiting.

2) Are their emotions authentic for their ages?

3) Are they truthful with each other?

4) Compare these emotions with how they interact later in the novel when Lisbeth is staying at Travis' house.

5) What regrets do they have at the end of the novel with regard to their relationship?

6) How does their relationship differ from the first part of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Mama tends to the people in her care.

1) Describe two situations in the novel when characters rely upon Mama to help them or take care of them.

2) What does Mama have at her disposal to use in her role as caregiver, healer, and comforter?

3) Cite examples from the novel.

(see the answer keys)

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