The Old Man and the Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Ruark
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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. What is Bobby sent out to shoot on his first hunting trip alone by his grandfather in Chapter 7?

2. Who did NOT go hunting along with Bobby?

3. Who fails to shoot the animal during the hunt in Chapter 6 and is ashamed?

4. Who cries after the hunt?

5. What kinds of beds do they sleep on during the trip that are surprisingly comfortable?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Old Man discourage Bobby from getting a horse?

2. Describe the camping trip preparations and arrival in Chapter 5.

3. Describe Bobby's first experience on a boat.

4. Why does Bobby receive a gun from the Old Man as he turns 11?

5. Describe Mr. Howard.

6. Describe Bobby.

7. Describe Bobby's experience of "becoming a man" in Chapter 6.

8. Describe the turtle that Bobby finds with the Old Man.

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

10. Describe Carrie Mae.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love and sexuality is a theme of the book. Describe how Bobby grows aware of sexuality and the principles he learns about human love from the Old Man through examples in nature.

Essay Topic 2

Adventure is a recurring theme in The Old Man and the Boy. Why is adventure important? How does this help Bobby grow? How does this whet his appetite for life? Describe some of the changes and experiences Bobby has through his adventures. Do these changes result in positive or negative consequences? Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

The Old Man and the Boy is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery establishes connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

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