The Tracker Test | Final Test - Hard

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. How are Brown and Rick able to observe what the police do in "Thaw"?

2. How does Brown follow the poachers in "Guardian"?

3. In "Search", how long does it take to find the handicapped man?

4. In "Search", why do some people give up looking for the handicapped man?

5. Who does Brown help control the dogs in "Outlaw Dogs"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Predator", how does Brown describe the deer he kills?

2. What does "true lostness" mean?

3. What happens when Brown tries to smack a bear in "Bear Smacking"?

4. In "Bear Smacking", how does Brown feel about the desert?

5. What does Brown do during the summer of "Thoreau Summer"?

6. Who helps look for the lost handicapped man in "Search"?

7. What makes Brown question his education and path in life in "Search"?

8. What makes the handicapped man's trail in "Search" the most difficult tracking Brown has ever done?

9. How does the spiritual pattern of the woods affect Brown in "Predator"?

10. How does Brown describe following a trail in the beginning of "Search"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in this novel have both physical and spiritual strength. Define both strengths and how they can be used together. Use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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

Discuss the importance of the following quote to the major themes expressed in this novel: "A skull is the ultimate track a creature leaves. When everything else has been unshaped by time, when every scratch and print is gone, the skull remains."

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