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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 old is Ike when he moves in with McCaslin?
2. Which of the following crimes is Ike's grandfather guilty of committing?
3. What is the last thing Boon says to Ike before Ike leaves him alone in the woods?
4. Which of the following weapons is used to kill Old Ben?
5. What do the hunters catch on the boy's first hunting trip into the woods?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
2. Where do the convict and the refugee stay when they leave the Red Cross boat?
3. How does Ike live his life after he decides not to accept his inherited land?
4. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?
5. Who or what kills Major de Spain's colt?
6. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
7. Who is Fonsiba, and why does Ike feel the need to track her down?
8. What does Ike claim is the curse that has landed in the South?
9. What crime does Ike accuse his grandfather or committing, and what proof does he have of this crime?
10. What happens when the convict meets the woman of his dreams at a refugee camp?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout his life, Ike undergoes many rites of passage for Southern men, including the rite of passage of owning land. First, describe how Ike comes to own a large section of hunting land. Then, describe Ike's reaction to the news that he is the owner of this land. How does Ike feel that the history of owning land and the history of the South are inextricably intertwined? Do you agree with Ike's assessment of the land? Why or why not? 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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