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. Who does Lisbeth say she saw stealing from the settlement?

2. What are all Texans short of now that the Civil War is over?

3. What does Mama prepare for supper after Old Yeller arrives?

4. What does Mama make Arliss take out of his pockets before he goes to bed?

5. What does Travis' father ask him to do while he is away?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Travis as he is marking the hogs?

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

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

5. What does Travis discover when he returns home that makes him angry at the yeller dog again?

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

7. What does Mama tell Little Arliss to do while she is stitching Old Yeller's belly?

8. Summarize the scene when the Spot heifer returns to the cabin.

9. Describe what Lisbeth does while staying with Travis and his family.

10. Describe Travis' condition when he returns home after dealing with the Spot heifer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Mama tends to the people in her care.

1) Describe two situations in the novel when characters rely upon Mama to help them or take care of them.

2) What does Mama have at her disposal to use in her role as caregiver, healer, and comforter?

3) Cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

1) Evaluate the relationship between Travis and his brother, Little Arliss.

2) How does Old Yeller affect their relationship with one another?

3) What event changes the way Travis views his brother and how he feels about him?

Give examples from the novel of the interaction between the two brothers.

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the message Gipson is trying to convey about life after the Civil War in the novel?

2) Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the Coates' family and neighbors?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

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