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 is Carl's character first described?

2. What kind of information is Jody eager to get out of Gitano?

3. Who is Easter?

4. How does Jody get to school?

5. What item does Jody find Gitano polishing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After he is given the pony, when does Jody begin waking up in the morning?

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

4. What has Billy told Carl about Jody's skill with horses?

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

6. What signals to Jody that Billy Buck and Carl have something unusual planned on the day he is given his pony?

7. How does Mrs. Tiflin feel about Gitano staying at the ranch?

8. Why is Carl so mad when he first learns of Grandfather's plans to visit the Tiflins?

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

10. What, according to Billy, makes him "half horse"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the conclusion of the novel, making sure to discuss how Steinbeck concludes (or doesn't conclude) at least two themes of the novel and what he implies will happen to at least 2 characters in the future.

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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