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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 was the name of the war that ended slavery in the South?

2. Whose job is it to bury the body of Old Ben?

3. Who do the hunters send along with the young boy to the liquor store?

4. Who does Ike claim profited greatly from the process of buying and selling land?

5. When Ike hears that the woods have been sold, what does he have the urge to do one last time before he moves away?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?

2. How is Old Ben killed?

3. Who or what kills Major de Spain's colt?

4. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?

5. How did Ash attempt to outshine Ike as children, and what was the result of his attempt?

6. What crime does Ike accuse his grandfather or committing, and what proof does he have of this crime?

7. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?

8. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?

9. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?

10. Who is Lion, and how does he react the first time he comes face-to-face with Old Ben?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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