The Ox-Bow Incident Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 information does Major Tetley bring with him?

2. What does Art suggest Gil do?

3. Why does Gil suddenly leave the bar?

4. Who wins big?

5. When did Tetley arrive in the valley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Kinkaid and Farnley discover just before roundup?

2. Why is Art later surprised that Bartlett managed to succeed in stirring up the men as easily as he did?

3. Why does Davies claim that lynch mobs are always wrong?

4. Why have Art and Gil been away from Bridger's Wells for so long?

5. What is Gil looking forward to most about getting back to Bridger's Wells this spring?

6. What does Davies ask Art to do, and why?

7. Why does Art hope that Gil will take a hint and quit playing poker when Art announces he has had enough?

8. What news does a rider bring that raises hostilities towards newcomers especially from Farnley?

9. What kind of alcohol does Canby have in his saloon, and what does he serve?

10. How do Art and Gil feel about the whole situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Art become concerned when Gil begins to win big at the poker tables? What does Art fear? Why does he join the game? What does he hope to accomplish by doing so? How effective is his plan? Why? What is Farnley's suggestion as he continues to lose? Does it help?

Essay Topic 2

What do Tetley and his group discover when they approach the fire in Ox-Bow valley? How does Tetley organize the group? Why are some of the men in the group surprised? Who interrogates the men at the fire? Who speaks for them, and what does he tell the group? Where are he and his two men headed? What does he have with him? Why don't the men believe him? What conflicting evidence is there?

Essay Topic 3

Who is most vocal in his objections to Farnley's intentions? Why? Who is the only person who stands publicly with him? What is the general tone of the remainder of people? Why does one person try to convince smaller groups to think from a more legal perspective? What would he rather see happen?

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