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

2. As he has gotten older, what does the Old Man think he does not have to do as much?

3. Who has grown up into a man by the end of the novel?

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

5. Who has Bobby grown attached to by the end of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Old Man say about the behavior of women in Chapter 24?

2. Describe Bobby's interactions with the older men in the town in Chapter 18.

3. Describe how the Old Man demonstrates the power of money to Bobby in Chapter 28.

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

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

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

7. Why does Bobby love November?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for The Old Man and the Boy. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. How do these settings even if imaginary, reflect modern settings or culture? Why did the author choose to use these places in The Old Man and the Boy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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