The Red Pony Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 long does Carl say Gitano can initially stay for?

2. What item did Carl and Billy get to go with the pony?

3. What is Billy Buck best known for?

4. After Gitano leaves the Tiflin ranch, what does Jody picture him doing?

5. Who does Jody first show his new pony to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandfather respond to seeing Jody for the first time?

2. What must Jody do to keep his pony?

3. What kinds of animals does Jody put in his lunchbox on his way home from school in Chapter 3?

4. How does Jody react when he realizes he has killed a bird for the first time when Chapter 2 opens?

5. What kind of weather are Jody and Billy discussing at the opening of Chapter 4?

6. Why does Jody stop running right before he meets Grandfather along the road?

7. When Chapter 3 opens, what does Jody imagine he is leading on his way home from school?

8. How has Billy been able to gauge Jody's skill with horses?

9. Who really teaches Jody how to get ready to ride his pony?

10. How long have the mice been living under the haystack (at the beginning of Chapter 4)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The roles and responsibilities of men are a theme of _The Red Pony_. Present an argument paper that argues that Billy Buck OR Carl is more of a father figure to Carl throughout the novel. Make sure to use at least three specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

While Jody never actually goes to visit the mountains within the novel, they play a key role in the text. Choose three instances where the mountains are discussed and how, in each instance, they play a role within the story (plot development, character development, etc.).

Essay Topic 3

While _The Red Pony_ does not have many characters, the characters it does have are very complex and complicated. Choose one character and discuss 1) why you think this character is the *most* complicated character of the text and 2) what literary devices Steinbeck uses to convey this character's complicated nature to the reader.

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