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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 is the young boy's real name?
2. In what state does Ike's cousin, Fonsiba, live?
3. How many years does the governor decide to add to the tall convict's sentence for attempted escape?
4. How does Old Ben react when the young boy falls upon him in the bushes?
5. In what type of landscape does the Cajun man spend his days hunting?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ike claim is the curse that has landed in the South?
2. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
3. What is the reaction from the government when the tall convict turns himself in?
4. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?
5. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?
6. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
7. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?
8. What type of relationship do Boon and Ike have?
9. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?
10. How do the hunters learn that Old Ben is not an indestructible force of nature?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the story, "The Bear", the land itself holds great significance to many of the characters in the story. Choose one character from the story and describe their relationship with the land. Where did this character learn their relationship to/with the land? How does their relationship with the land affect this character's actions and motivations throughout the story? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
In the story "Spotted Horses", the escaped wild horses run rampant in the town, creating much damage for the already struggling Mississippi families. First, explain how the horses managed to escape from their pens and then list the damages created by their stampede. Which family do you think came out with the worst damages after the stampede? How can you tell? Finally, explain how the damaged family managed to right their lives again (if they did) and what effect the horse stampede had on this family's relationship with the town.
Essay Topic 3
One of the strongest themes in the story "The Old Man" is the theme of fear, particularly the fears of the tall convict. First, create a list of fears that the tall prisoner has. Then, choose one of those fears and explain how the fear affects the relationships he forms in his life. Finally, explain whether or not the convict conquers this fear in the story and how he does so. If he doesn't conquer this fear, explain how the convict lets the fear overtake his life. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
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