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. In whose home does Bobby spend the summers and holidays?

2. What does the Old Man say hunting quail is all about?

3. What does the Old Man get in exchange for bringing meat and grain on credit?

4. What does Bobby like to do with his friends instead of going to church?

5. What does fishing make easier to do according to the Old Man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the change in terrapin availability mentioned in Chapter 27.

2. Describe what Bobby shoots in Chapter 13.

3. How does Bobby respond to the Old Man's question about what he wants to be when he grows up?

4. What lesson does the Old Man offer Bobby with regards to time and Christmas in Chapter 26?

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

6. How does Bobby discover that quail hunting in February is bountiful?

7. How does the Old Man teach Bobby to have caution in Chapter 13?

8. How do the farmers maintain quail supplies over the fall and winter?

9. Describe Bobby's experience that is similar to a young colt.

10. How does the Old Man make an exception among ducks?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Bobby grows, matures, learns and develops in The Old Man and the Boy. What are some of his milestones? How does he change? Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Education is an important theme throughout the novel. Who is educated? Who is not? What is the importance of a school education versus one of "real life?" How does Bobby gain knowledge in both? How does he change? Describe.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Ruark's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

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