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Tom Brown (naturalist)
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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 happens when Brown is tracking a fox at night?

2. When does Brown begin to take tracking seriously?

3. What happens during the first week Brown and Rick wait at the Dog Tree in "Omen"?

4. When the family gets lost in their car in "Chickadee Survival", why did they drive in circles?

5. When does Stalking Wolf lead the boys on a rite of passage for the cold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the rite of passage in "Cold Training"?

2. Why does Brown learn about mice?

3. Why are there wild dogs in Pine Barrens?

4. How does Brown end up getting out of the tree and escaping the dogs in "The Dog Tree"?

5. What story does Stalking Wolf tell about "smacking the bear"?

6. What does Brown learn about night tracking in "Night Crawl"?

7. What happens in "Omen" when Brown and Rick go into the pit?

8. Why is Brown never afraid of the wilderness again in "Jersey Devil"?

9. In "The Ultimate Track", how do Brown and Rick prepare themselves to be trackers?

10. What happens when the wild dogs sneak up on Brown and Rick as they are celebrating finishing building their cabin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the group of drunks with the group of poachers. What were their goals? What were their actions? What happened to each group?

Essay Topic 2

Brown's education in nature spans this entire novel. Trace Brown's education from beginning to end, selecting two or three turning points. What makes these moments most valuable in Brown's education?

Essay Topic 3

Brown's childhood is spent primarily roaming Pine Barrens instead of at home with his parents. How does this impact his growth? Why do his parents allow him such freedom? In what ways do the Pine Barrens become Brown's symbolic parents?

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