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. Who cooks dinner the day Gitano arrives on the Tiflin ranch?

2. How does Jody's father react when he meets Gitano for the first time?

3. Where does Gitano claim to be born?

4. What ominous sign does Jody see that lets him know his pony has died?

5. What color eyes does Jody Tiflin have?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Jody, how does Gabilan express himself?

2. What familiar story does Grandfather start to tell around the fire on his first night with the Tiflins?

3. Why can Jody relate to his Grandfather's hurt feelings when Carl cuts off his storytelling attempts?

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

5. How long does Jody have to go to get to school?

6. What must Jody do to keep his pony?

7. Why does Carl ask Gitano if he has relatives anywhere nearby?

8. Why does the stallion break his rope when he sees and smells Nellie for the first time?

9. How does Jody get Gabilan used to wearing a saddle?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women in _The Red Pony_ is very limited and traditional in the text. Write an argument paper that discusses whether or not this is representative of women's roles at the time or if the author has simply treated the one female character of the text (Mrs. Tiflin) in a misogynistic and patronizing manner.

Essay Topic 2

Write an argument paper discussing who is responsible for Gabilan's death. Make 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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