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 solution Travis comes up with that finally keeps Old Yeller at home during the night?

2. Why is Travis annoyed with Mama and Little Arliss?

3. What does Travis discover as he reaches the cabin?

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

5. Why is it hard for a dog to fight with a boar coon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Old Yeller's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

1) Discuss how Travis grows as a character from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How does his attitude change toward Old Yeller?

3) How does his attitude change about what is important in his life?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward the meaning of responsibility in the beginning to the end of the novel?

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