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. Why does Travis think the new, spotted heifer calf will make a good milking cow?

2. What does Mama say about Old Yeller?

3. Why is Travis' father leaving the family for months?

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

5. What does Arliss start catching after Old Yeller arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the procedure Travis uses for marking the hogs.

2. Why does Mama say that is was a good thing Old Yeller was there to save Mama and the others from the wolf, but not a good thing for Old Yeller?

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

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

5. Describe the condition of the roan bull who wanders around the cabin.

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

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

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

9. Describe the battle that ensues between Old Yeller and the hogs.

10. Summarize how Travis and Mama get Old Yeller back to the cabin.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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