Old Yeller Test | Final 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 Lisbeth tell Travis about the puppy she gave him?

2. How do the pigs react when Old Yeller and Travis find them?

3. How does Mama sew up Old Yeller's wound?

4. When does Travis shoot the loafer wolf?

5. What animal comes into the yard staggering, grunting, and moaning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the circumstances that help Travis come out of his depression over Old Yeller.

4. Describe Travis' reaction when Lisbeth bring him a puppy as a gift.

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

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

7. Describe what Travis and Mama do with the bull.

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

9. Describe how Travis plans to mark the remainder of his hogs.

10. Why is Travis worried when wakes up from his nap?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Travis' coming of age throughout the novel.

2) What fears and emotions does he experience as he grows in each chapter of the novel?

3) How do his attitudes change as he develops from the boy when his Papa leaves to the young man at the end of the novel?

4) Cite examples of the character changes Travis goes through from different events in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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