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 Bobby think about as he sits in silence that makes him feel small and lonely?

2. What does the Old Man like to do with his friend on his porch in Chapter 5?

3. What do Bobby and the Old Man do with some of the turtle's eggs?

4. What does the Old Man say that Bobby has learned from sitting in silence in Chapter 11?

5. What kind of a trip is the Old Man and his friend planning that Bobby desperately wants to go on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Old Man say about knowledge in Chapter 22?

4. What is the Old Man's threat about education and hunting and how does Bobby respond to it?

5. Why does the Old Man resent Bobby in Chapter 26?

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

7. Describe the difference between laziness and meditative loafing according to The Old Man.

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

9. Describe what Bobby shoots in Chapter 13.

10. Describe Bobby's experience with the goat he purchases.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Bobby. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Through hunting, Bobby learns important lessons about hard work, patience and perseverance. How is his natural skill revealed? What is important to Bobby as he hunts? What does he learn subsequently that alters the way he thinks and acts? Explain.

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