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 does Jody's mom feel about his dedication to the red pony?

2. What does Carl think Gitano has stolen from him?

3. What has Gitano actually stolen from Carl?

4. When the novel opens, what are Carl and Billy going to do?

5. How does Jody kill the animal that he kills for the first time when Chapter 2 opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lie does Jody tell when Carl asks him where he's been, when he's really been talking with Gitano late at night?

2. Why does Jody hide the bird he kills when Chapter 2 opens?

3. What does Grandfather say about how dry it was in '87 and '61?

4. What does Carl mean when he calls Jody "Big-Britches"?

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

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

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

8. What is Grandfather's opinion of Billy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of Jody's energy in Chapter 4 is focused on asking questions of his grandfather about his past and his past adventures. Discuss why Steinbeck focuses so much on this and what it shows about Jody's character as the novel reaches its conclusion. Make sure to use quotations from the text to support your positions.

Essay Topic 2

Jody spends a lot of time alone on the ranch. Choosing three specific instances where Jody is spending time alone, discuss what each instance shows the reader about Jody's personality (through what Jody chooses to do -- or not to do -- while spending time with himself).

Essay Topic 3

Write an argument paper discussing who is responsible for Gabilan's death. Make sure to use quotations from the text to support your position.

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