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. Why is Jody so concerned about the rain and his pony?

2. What color skin does Gitano have?

3. Who is Doubletree Mutt?

4. Where does Gitano claim to have relatives?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of catalog gets Jody so excited when he finds it in his mailbox?

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

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

4. What has Billy Buck told Jody about the mountains?

5. Why does Billy Buck not enter the kitchen before anyone else?

6. Why is Jody pleased to smell brandy on his father's breath when he and Billy Buck return from purchasing the pony?

7. After Jody initially peppers him with questions, what does Gitano finally say about the mountains?

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

9. What does Jody mean when he says his mouth "works"?

10. What has Jody's mom told him about the mountains?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Male characters' displays of emotion take quite a variety of forms throughout _The Red Pony_. Choose three specific instances of when one male character has shown (or not shown) emotion and what the reader learns about that character as a result of how they behave emotionally.

Essay Topic 2

A theme throughout _The Red Pony_ is Jody's transition from boyhood to manhood. Choose one particular moment when you think this transition officially happens, making sure to use quotations from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

A sense of place is very much a part of _The Red Pony_. In a well-structured essay, discuss at least three ways that the setting of _The Red Pony_ plays into the novel in a way that another, different setting could not have done.

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