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 does Grandfather think Jody wants to listen to his stories so much?

2. What does Jody have to eat at Jess Taylor's ranch in Chapter 3?

3. How do the other horses react when Nellie is supposedly giving birth?

4. How does Jody know Nellie is going into labor?

5. Who is Mule-tail Buck?

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

Male characters' displays of emotion take quite a variety of forms throughout _The Red Pony_. Choose three specific instances of when one male character has shown (or not shown) emotion and what the reader learns about that character as a result of how they behave emotionally.

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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