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 does Mama say about Old Yeller?

2. What does Travis do to try to prevent Old Yeller from roaming at night?

3. What is the first suggestion Sanderson gives to Mama about keeping Old Yeller?

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

5. What does Sanderson tell Travis about the plague of hydrophobia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Old Yeller's appearance.

8. Summarize the fight between the two bulls.

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

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

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

Old Yeller is a constant throughout the novel. He is mentioned from the very first chapter to the last chapter.

1) Explain the different images Gipson gives of Old Yeller as the book progresses.

2) What is the significance of Old Yeller's character in each part of the novel?

3) What meaning does Old Yeller have for Little Arliss, Travis, and Mama?

Essay Topic 3

1) Write an introduction for the novel discussing Fred Gipson's writing style, use of dialogue, imagery, and the point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

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