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. Who comes to the cabin two weeks after the milking incident?

2. What sound does Travis recognize that he has heard only once before?

3. What does Travis decide to do about Old Yeller?

4. How does the first bull become wounded in the fight?

5. Why can't Travis take Jumper close to the Salt Licks where he goes to hunt deer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the bad news that Travis and his family get after taming Spot.

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

3. Describe the bulls that come near the cabin to fight with one another.

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

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

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

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

8. Summarize the fight between the two bulls.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the relationship between Travis and his brother, Little Arliss.

2) How does Old Yeller affect their relationship with one another?

3) What event changes the way Travis views his brother and how he feels about him?

Give examples from the novel of the interaction between the two brothers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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