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. As Jody's pony gets sicker, what life-saving procedure must Billy do to keep it alive?

2. How does Jody feel after Gitano leaves?

3. How does Jody feel about the Gabilan mountains when Chapter 2 opens?

4. How can Jody tell the man approaching his house in Chapter 2 is older?

5. What does Jody's mother do when she meets Gitano for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Tiflin request Carl treat her father once he arrives?

2. What has Carl told Jody about the mountains?

3. Why doesn't Jody let his friends ride his new pony when he shows it to them for the first time?

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

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

6. What does Jody put into the past once he starts preparing to take care of Nellie and, once it comes, the new horse?

7. Why doesn't Carl allow shooting near the house?

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

9. What is Grandfather's opinion of Billy?

10. When Jody first spots Gitano coming down the road, where does he appear to be coming from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Animals play a key role in many aspects of _The Red Pony_. Choose one animal, discuss its function in the novel as well as what this animal traditionally symbolizes or represents in the literary canon.

Essay Topic 2

Perhaps because of the nature of a cattle ranch, blood makes multiple appearances in _The Red Pony_. Discuss the use of blood in the novel. Is it positive? Negative? What does it represent? Does its symbolism change? How can a reader make sense of blood when it makes an appearance in the text?

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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