The Old Man and the Boy Short Essay - Answer Key

Robert Ruark
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1. Describe Bob's new gun that he receives in Chapter 1.

When Bobby is eight years old, the Old Man gives him a gun, a little 20-gauge that the boy is intensely proud of. The Old Man tells Bobby that he must practice gun safety because Bobby's mother does not think he is old enough to be trusted with a gun, even a little one. In order to teach him lessons about gun safety, the Old Man does things like taking the gun away from the boy, and secretly reloading the gun, to teach Bobby to always check.

2. What is important about the attitude of a bird dog according to the Old Man?

The Old Man compares one's attitude in life to the way a bird dog behaves. He says that it is very important to train a bird dog to be a gentleman, and to act like a gentleman when hunting, or in life.

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