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. Where do Mama, Little Arliss, and Travis sit to see the bull fight?

2. Why does Sanderson get off his horse and approach Little Arliss?

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

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

5. How does Little Arliss take Travis by surprise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Summarize the fight between the two bulls.

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

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

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

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

8. Why do Travis and Old Yeller sleep in the corn patch?

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

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 the impact of the Civil War on the American economy as described in the novel.

2) What result does this economy have on the lives of Papa, Travis, Mama, and Little Arliss?

3) Predict how different their lives would have been if the war had not affected the economy.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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