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. How does Carl react to finding Jody sneaking back into bed after checking on Nellie in the middle of the night?

2. Why does Grandfather accept Jody's offer for a drink when they are sitting on the porch discussing "westering"?

3. What happens to Nellie while Jody is trying to take her somewhere?

4. What is Carl carrying in his hand when he first makes an appearance in Chapter 4?

5. Who is Nellie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Jody never actually goes to visit the mountains within the novel, they play a key role in the text. Choose three instances where the mountains are discussed and how, in each instance, they play a role within the story (plot development, character development, etc.).

Essay Topic 2

A theme throughout _The Red Pony_ is Jody's transition from boyhood to manhood. Choose one particular moment when you think this transition officially happens, making sure to use quotations from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

There are several instances in _The Red Pony_ where Jody very deliberately conceals his actions from the adults of the novel. Pick one instance in each chapter where this occurs and discuss what it shows the reader about Jody's character (including how his character is maturing, if at all, as the novel progresses).

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