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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 hate because of the effect bootlegging has on people?
2. In Chapter 25, what does the Old Man say Bobby should teach him about?
3. What animal does the Old Man get Bobby to practice on before he gets a horse?
4. What do Bobby and the Old Man like to hunt at night?
5. What shooting did Bobby do by accident that he admits?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Bobby's attitude towards school in the beginning of Chapter 22.
2. Why does Bobby prefer shooting the geese to the quail?
3. Why will Bobby have to steer himself in Chapter 28?
4. Why do the locals love the period after Labor Day in Chapter 18?
5. Why does the Old Man love November?
6. What does the Old Man say about knowledge in Chapter 22?
7. What does the Old Man conclude about being a boy by the end of Chapter 26?
8. What does the Old Man complain about being different from how it used to be in Chapter 27?
9. What does the Old Man say separates the men from the boys?
10. Describe how the Old Man demonstrates the power of money to Bobby in Chapter 28.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the depiction of the female character of Miss Lottie with Carrie Mae in the book with the Old Man. How are they similar? How are they different? How are their ultimate experiences similar? What is the lesson that the author wishes to convey through these examples?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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