Riders of the Purple Sage Test | Final 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. Before Venters returns to Surprise Valley, what does Jane have for him?

2. After the race with Jerry Card, what does Venters do next?

3. How does Jane react at first when her and Lassiter meet Venters and Bess?

4. After the race, when Venters arrives at Tull's house, what does Tull do?

5. How may days does Venters tell Bess that she must wait for him to return from Cottonwood before she knows he is dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Lassiter leaves Surprise Valley, what is Venters worried about? Why is he worried? What actions will he take at this point?

2. As Chapter 22 ends, Bess and Venters hear a low thundering sound. What is the sound? What does it mean?

3. What do Bess and Venters think about when they find human bone in the cliff dwellings?

4. When running from Tull and his riders, Venters is amazed at Bess. Why? What does he remember as he rides. What are some of her exploits?

5. What does Lassiter bring back to Jane after he pursues the men? What does this do to Jane? How does her will to live change?

6. Judkins comes to tell Jane the white herd is missing. What happened to them? Who was lost? How does this compare to Lassiter's work earlier in the novel with the white herd?

7. Even though Jane knows that the house has been fired, she doesn't look back. Why? Is this part of her "giving up?"

8. Why is Jane angered when she meets Bess? What else does Jane discover when she and Lassiter meet with Bess and Venters?

9. After Fay is abducted, Jane says that she gives up. Gives up what? What is her state of mind? How will she survive?

10. Why is Bess afraid to tell Venters about the gold? What does she think he will do? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the character of Oldring good or bad? Describe the stories about Oldring that are bad. Describe the stories about Oldring that are good. In the end, how do you feel about this character? Can you imagine this story without him? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 2

What is the symbolism of the horses? Describe the bet about the fastest horse. Why does Venters lie when Jane asked which horse was the fastest? What is the meaning of Venters shooting Wrangle?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the growth of the character of Venters. How does he grow from a boy to a man? Use specific scenes from the novel when you felt that he was changing in the moment.

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