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 the first suggestion Sanderson gives to Mama about keeping Old Yeller?

2. What does Little Arliss do to Sanderson?

3. What does Travis compare Little Arliss' screaming to?

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

5. What does Travis' mother instruct him to do while he is doing his chores?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Summarize the items that Little Arliss brings home in his pockets.

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

7. Explain what Old Yeller does when Travis comes out of the cabin with the whip.

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

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 how Old Yeller controls the heifer, Spot.

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 Travis' struggles with having to deal with such extreme responsibilities at such a young age.

2) Discuss the courage he displays in each of the violent situations he finds himself involved in.

3) How does Old Yeller help him find the courage he needs to protect his family? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

1) Evaluate the elements of cause and effect in the story using examples from the novel.

2) Choose three events from the story which cause Travis life to undergo a change.

3) How does he react to the events and their effects?

4) How does he grow emotionally in his own life and in his attitude toward his family because of these changes?

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