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

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

4. What is the dog doing in Sam's hut?

5. What does Ike see in his dreams?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the doctor's appraisal of Lion, Boon and Sam?

2. Why does Sam think Lion will be perfect to hunt Old Ben?

3. How does Ike try to make sense out of the Civil War?

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

5. How old is Ike at the beginning of Chapter 4 and what is the setting for the chapter?

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

7. What do Ike and McCaslin discuss as they look at their land and what is Ike's opinion of what his grandfather actually purchased when he bought the land?

8. What is the setting for this story?

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

10. Describe Boon's relationship with Lion.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Sam Fathers. 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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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