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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what type of tree is Boon sitting when Ike falls upon him?

2. To whom is the land sold on which the hunting camp stands?

3. How old is the young boy when his true name is finally revealed to the readers?

4. How many of Old Ben's feet have been mangled by traps set by the hunters?

5. How does the convict feel when he is out hunting with the Cajun man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "Spotted Horses" relies heavily on characteristics of tall-tales common in Southern humor writing. How do you see elements of tall-tales, or stories larger than life, in "Spotted Horses"? Do you think the humor of this type of writing is successful in the story, or does the humor take away from the moral message of the tale? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe helps strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

When Hipps comes to town with the spotted horses in the story of the same name, the one heckler he meets in the crowd in a man called Ratcliff. First, describe Ratcliff's character. What motivation does Ratcliff have to heckle Hipps when he comes to town? Then, describe what has happened in Ratcliff's history that made the Texan people not take his critique of Hipps seriously. Do you think the townsfolk should have listened to Ratcliff? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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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