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. With whom does the Old Man carefully cultivate relationships with and bring meat and grain on credit?

2. In the white church meetings, what kind of dancing occurs?

3. What does the Old Man ask Bobby to think about as they sit in silence in Chapter 11?

4. Who sometimes accompanies the Old Man and the group hunting as a camping chef?

5. What kind of a hunt does Bobby go on with the Old Man and his friend the morning after they arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Mr. Howard.

5. Describe the Old Man.

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

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

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

9. How does Bobby train his new dog in Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the significance of the title The Old Man and the Boy? How does this relate to the protagonist Bobby and in particular to the main theme of the book? What did the author mean by calling the book The Old Man and the Boy? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Ruark employs simple, minimalist, yet effective language that employs powerful symbolism. Choose an example of symbolism, briefly describe it and identify the technique which it embodies.

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