The Old Man and the Boy Test | Final Test - Hard

Robert Ruark
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What shooting did Bobby do by intention that he admits?

2. Where does the Old Man take a road trip?

3. What is the best part of November to Bobby?

4. What do Bobby and the Old Man see looking for its mother?

5. How does the Old Man try to help the animal looking for its mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bobby and the Old Man are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Bobby had a direct influence upon? What are some events that the Old Man had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why?

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

There are many autobiographical features in The Old Man and the Boy and are believed to belong to Ruark. Which aspects appear invented and which characters seem modeled or inspired by real people in Ruark's life? Do some research and discuss.

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