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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. What does Eck's son do to help get the horses ready for the auction?

2. Who does Ratcliff claim is directly responsible for the damages the Tull family incurred as a result of the wild horse stampede?

3. What gift does Snopes give to Henry's wife as a peace offering?

4. Which of the following beverages does the doctor aboard the steamboat urge the convict to drink?

5. What does the convict want to take aboard the gruff man's boat that is not allowed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry get into a shouting match with his wife at the horse auction?

2. How does the story of "The Old Man" open?

3. What crime did the fat convict plead guilty to in court, and why?

4. What is the first thing the convict does when he is aboard the Red Cross steamboat?

5. What story does the tall convict tell the fat convict about his intentions while away from prison?

6. What are Eck's expectations when he enters the court on the day of his trial?

7. How many of the wild horses escape from the corral at the end of the auction, and what is the farmer's reaction to this number?

8. What happens the firs time the convict attempts to turn himself into the police?

9. Where is the refugee woman's baby born?

10. How is Wallstreet almost injured while helping to prepare the wild horses for their auction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Spotted Horses", there are three different types of con men introduced to the reader: the sewing machine agent, Flem Snopes, and Hipps. First, describe why each of these three characters could be considered a conman. Then, describe which of these three characters should be considered the most dangerous type of conman and explain what the outcome of their cons were on the small Mississippi town. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout his life, the tall convict questions what it means to have a "normal" life outside of prison. First, describe the reaction the tall convict has to the pregnant refugee he is ordered to save. What does this woman teach the tall convict about life on "the outside"? Then, explain the reaction the tall convict has to the young woman he meets in the refugee camp. What does this woman teach the tall convict about life on the outside? Finally, explain which woman you think had a deeper impact on the convict, and who the convict will be thinking about while finishing his sentence behind bars. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In the opening of "The Old Man", the readers meet two convicts that are serving time for various crimes. First, describe the crimes of the fat convict and compare / contrast those crimes with the crimes of the tall convict. What is the same about their crimes? What is different? Then, explain why each of these men is actually in prison and what their reactions to their sentences are. What message do you think Faulkner is sending his readers about guilt and punishment through the example of these two convicts?

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