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 does the Old Man say there is a time and place for?

2. In whose company does Bobby grow up in Chapter 17?

3. What does the Old Man think that he has learned to do at last?

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

5. What kinds of stories does the Old Man tell Bobby in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What lesson does the Old Man offer Bobby with regards to time and Christmas in Chapter 26?

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

6. Why does the Old Man resent Bobby in Chapter 26?

7. Why does the Old Man love November?

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

9. Describe the change in terrapin availability mentioned in Chapter 27.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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