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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. Who is the cook on the hunting trip?

2. How many times is Old Ben spotted that first day of that hunting season?

3. What does Ike take in place of his gun when he returns to look for Old Ben?

4. Why does Ike throw down his gun during the attack on Old Ben?

5. Who shows up at camp to take Ike home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name some important motifs in this story.

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

3. How does Ike feel that he shared the same ancestry with the family's slaves?

4. Describe Lion.

5. What does Old Ben symbolize and why do Ike and Sam refuse to shoot him?

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

7. What did Ike learn about freedom from Old Ben?

8. What city is Ike and Boon's ultimate destination and where do they stop first?

9. What is the reasoning for Sam's training method?

10. Who is the narrator and what does he share with the reader at the beginning of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Sam's evolving relationship with Ike. How does he gently guide him into becoming a man and being able to shoot and hunt properly? How does Sam teach Ike to live with peace and dignity and with respect for nature?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the story THE BEAR? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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