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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. When Ike is at his hunting stand-alone, he hears a gunshot and knows that ______________ has been shot.

2. What does Ike say is present on all the hunting trips?

3. How old is the narrator of the story?

4. Why does the group return to camp the following summer?

5. What color eyes does the dog have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the train now symbolize?

2. How does the author use a flashback to reveal information through the narrator?

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

4. Many years later, what does Ike realize about Sam and the colt and about Sam's life in general?

5. Describe the story that Ike tells about a black girl named Fornsiba.

6. What is the setting for this story?

7. What does Ike believe to be the story behind the $1,000 legacy?

8. How does the author use foreshadowing to begin Chapter 2?

9. What is Sam's plan for training Lion?

10. Name some important motifs in this story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Ike and his cousin, McCaslin. How are they different? How are they similar? What beliefs do they have in common and what beliefs separate them?

Essay Topic 2

The scene where Old Ben is killed is the climax of the story and also a turning point for Ike in a few ways. Evaluate the scene and cite at least three ways that indicate that Ike is maturing and changing.

Essay Topic 3

The wilderness takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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