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. How does Travis interpret the sounds of the old bull?

2. Why doesn't Searcy go into the house when Mama invites him?

3. What does Travis do as the doe keeps approaching him?

4. What keeps Travis and Old Yeller busy all night long?

5. What does Travis ask his father for before he leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain what Travis does to the big dog when he sees him for the first time and what is the dog's reaction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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