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 is a strange varmit stealing from the people in the settlement?

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

3. What is Travis doing when he hears Little Arliss screaming?

4. Why does the mother bear come running to attack Little Arliss?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain why Travis' father is travelling to Abilene, leaving Travis in charge of the family.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the situation when Travis shoots the deer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Travis' coming of age throughout the novel.

2) What fears and emotions does he experience as he grows in each chapter of the novel?

3) How do his attitudes change as he develops from the boy when his Papa leaves to the young man at the end of the novel?

4) Cite examples of the character changes Travis goes through from different events in the novel.

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) Analyze the character of Little Arliss regarding his passion for the things he cares about.

2) How does Arliss react to most situations when he feels he is a victim of injustice? Cite examples from the novel.

3) What is Little Arliss' solution to protecting those he loves? Describe his selflessness during these situations.

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