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 does the Old Man talk to Bobby about as they walk along the wet sea?

2. What kinds of signs are all over the property of the rich man that Bobby notices in Chapter 7?

3. How many eggs does the turtle lay on the beach in a hole?

4. What does the Old Man say that he is doing when he is sitting quietly on the dock?

5. Where is the house located that Bobby stays in during the summer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bobby's experience buck hunting initially.

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

3. Describe Bobby's experience over the holidays with his grandparents.

4. Describe Carrie Mae.

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

6. What happens to Aphrodite and the eggs in Chapter 2?

7. How does Bobby adapt and succeed at shooting a buck?

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

9. Describe some of the customs that the Old Man and Bobby do in the month of October.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aging and the approach of death is a theme in The Old Man and the Boy. Who is growing old? Who is growing older? How do these characters change over time? How does age influence decisions and the characters' approach to life? Why or why not? Describe.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the social, cultural and economic environment of The Old Man and the Boy. What are common customs? What is considered taboo? How does the Old Man offer his values and beliefs to Bobby? What effect does this have on Bobby and which values does he adopt? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in The Old Man and the Boy. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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