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. What advice does Sanderson give to Travis about when to shoot an animal with hydrophobia?

2. What does Old Yeller do when he hears the bulls start to fight?

3. What is Old Yeller's reaction to the bear attack once they are all back in the cabin?

4. Why is Bud Searcy left behind when all the men drive the cattle to Abilene?

5. What does Mama make with lye water and hog fat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Old Yeller's appearance.

4. What does Travis discover when he returns home that makes him angry at the yeller dog again?

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

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

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

8. Describe the situation that Travis sees when he hears Little Arliss screaming and runs to help him.

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

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) Analyze the resolution of the story as it relates to each of the characters in the novel.

2) Explain the metamorphosis each of them experiences in the final chapter.

3) Describe how Papa's words," A man can't afford to waste the good parts of life, worrying about the bad parts. That makes it all bad..." relate to Travis, Little Arliss, and Mama.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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