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 old are Brown and Rick in the chapter "Thaw"?

2. In "Invisible Walking", what ceremony does Stalking Wolf perform?

3. In "Outlaw Dogs", what do the dogs do to farms?

4. In "Guardian", why can't Brown enjoy the wonders of spring?

5. What type of people do the wild dogs in "Outlaw Dogs" prefer to attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Guardian", what does Brown do when he finds the poachers?

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

3. In "Thaw", what does Brown find funny about the police dogs?

4. Why does Brown know that poachers were killing deer in "Guardian"?

5. In "True Lostness", why do Rick and Brown argue?

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

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

8. How does Brown describe his two near-death experiences in "Bear Smacking"?

9. What makes Brown and Rick's goodbye so difficult in "The End of the World"?

10. In "Invisible Walking", what perfect, life-altering scene does Brown see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Brown's recognition of his calling in life build throughout the novel? Consider examples of foreshadowing along with the growth of Brown's skills. How does the author fulfill the need to give Brown a "happy ending"? How does he not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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