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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. What food item is the pregnant refugee given, which disturbs the convict?

3. How are the prisoners transported from their prison to the army camp where they will be staying during the course of the flood?

4. According to the court, who is entitled to the body of Eck's dead horse?

5. Why does Doctor Varner still believe the horses were a good purchase, even though they all got away?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when the boat overturns that the tall and fat convicts are paddling down the river?

4. How many people in the prison know the true crime that the fat convict committed?

5. Why does Snopes end up with five dollars in his hand at the end of the auction?

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

7. How does Snopes treat Mrs. Armstid in court when she brings up a case against him?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many critics argue that "Spotted Horses" is a story written as a critique of the marketing world, claiming that Hipps, essentially, dupes the farmers into buying what they do not need. How might this story be a critique of capitalism in society? Write a short response explaining whether or not you support this argument from the critics. Be sure to give at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Much of the story of the "Spotted Horses" is about trust. First, describe the trust the farmers of Texas have for the entrepreneur that comes into their town. Then, describe whether or not the entrepreneur deserved the trust of the farmers. Be sure to give at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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