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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. Which of the following is not attributed to Old Ben?

2. Which of the following does Ike not recall about his first hunting trip?

3. Which of the men develops a liking for Lion when the next November hunting trip comes around?

4. How does Old Ben elude the hunters?

5. Many years later, Ike thinks about the incident and realizes that _________ knew what killed the colt.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ike get irritated with Boon and what memory does the experience bring back for Ike?

2. To what does Ike compare the time he is first allowed to go on the hunts?

3. How does Ike describe his feelings of being in the power of the wilderness?

4. Where does Ike meet Major deSpain for the last time?

5. Who is Lucas Quintus and why does Ike feel his grandfather is responsible for him and others?

6. Why is Ike reticent to return to the farm with his wife?

7. Describe how Ike ambushed Old Ben one day and how it ended?

8. How does Sam react after Old Ben is killed?

9. What does Ike believe God's intentions are for land?

10. What is the setting for the beginning of Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Ike. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the discord between Ike and his wife about returning to the family plantation. What were their opposing positions? Is Ike being rational or irrational in his stance?

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