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. What kinds of ducks can be hard to differentiate according to the Old Man?

2. Who is happy after the tourists leave in Chapter 18?

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

4. What does the Old Man believe that he knows about life?

5. What used to cost five cents apiece and now is very expensive according to the Old Man in Chapter 27?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the geese exhibit their cleverness pertaining to hunting according to Bobby?

2. What does Bobby tell the Old Man that he has learned most from him in Chapter 25?

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

4. Why does Bobby prefer shooting the geese to the quail?

5. Why does the Old Man love November?

6. What does the Old Man say separates the men from the boys?

7. Why does Bobby go to Maryland in Chapter 28?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 more than one instance of irony in The Old Man and the Boy. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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