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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. How does the convict feel when he is out hunting with the Cajun man?
2. Which of the following weapons is used to kill Old Ben?
3. Which of the following characters has a premonition about Sam's death, which he finds deeply disturbing?
4. Which of the following facts about Sam is NOT true?
5. How many of Old Ben's feet have been mangled by traps set by the hunters?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?
2. How does Ike live his life after he decides not to accept his inherited land?
3. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?
4. How is Old Ben killed?
5. Who is Ash?
6. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?
7. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp once stood?
8. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?
9. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?
10. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the story "The Old Man", the tall convict is faced with the idea of freedom for the first time in eight years during the flood. First, explain the tall convict's reaction to the idea of freedom. How does the convict's relationship to freedom and the outside, "normal" world fuel his actions throughout the story. How do these actions give the reader deeper insight into the tall convict's view of himself and of his crimes? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout his life, Old Ben is constantly hunted by a group of relentless hunters who believe the bear to be an almost mythical creature. First, describe the physicality of the bear and explain why he has earned himself such a legendary status. Then, explain the reaction from the hunters once they have finally felled the bear. Is the experience everything they hoped it would be? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
In the story "Spotted Horses", money becomes a central theme to understanding the relationships in the town. Henry Armstid's money cycles into many characters' hands. First, explain the chain of hand-offs of Henry Armstid's money. Why did the money change hands so many times? Then, explain where the money ended up at the close of the story. Finally, explain what financial state the Armstid family was in at the end of the story and why this state is significant to understanding the message of "Spotted Horses".
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