The Red Pony Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Mrs. Tiflin suspicious of Jody's request to get his Grandfather a drink?

2. Where does Jody spend most of his time during January?

3. When Jody wakes up crying in Chapter 3, what does his mother say to calm him down?

4. Where does everyone sit after dinner when Grandfather is first visiting?

5. Who is Riley?

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

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

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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