The Old Man and the Boy Test | Final 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. Whose house does Bobby admire for its variety of animals in the surrounding environment?

2. Who does Bobby see walking down the street with shoulders slumped?

3. What kind of hunting does Bobby go on in Chapter 28?

4. What seems very difficult to catch at night for the Old Man, Bobby and their friends

5. What does the Old Man want to do with the remaining years of his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bobby discover about books and education in Chapter 23?

2. Why does Bobby hesitate to go to summer camp?

3. Why does Bobby love November?

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

5. What is a noble character according to the Old Man and why does he dislike it?

6. Describe Bobby's attitude towards school in the beginning of Chapter 22.

7. Why will Bobby have to steer himself in Chapter 28?

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

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

10. What does Bobby feel that he does with regard to time and seasons in Chapter 26?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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