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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 do the hunters catch on the boy's first hunting trip into the woods?
2. In what state does Ike's cousin, Fonsiba, live?
3. Which of the following objects will Old Ben allegedly never cross paths with?
4. Which of the following men is solely responsible for killing Old Ben?
5. Who is put in charge of ensuring that the tall prisoner makes his way back to the prison and does not escape?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the hunters learn that Old Ben is not an indestructible force of nature?
2. What does Ike claim is the curse that has landed in the South?
3. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?
4. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
5. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
6. Who is Lion, and how does he react the first time he comes face-to-face with Old Ben?
7. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?
8. What happens when the convict meets the woman of his dreams at a refugee camp?
9. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
10. Who is Fonsiba, and why does Ike feel the need to track her down?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The moral of the story of "The Bear" has much to do with race relations in the South. First, describe the way that Ike learns his family history of race relations in the South. What is his reaction to this personal history? Then, explain how the bear, Old Ben, is used a symbol to represent race relations in the South. Do you think the bear is an appropriate symbol for this theme? Why or why not? As a reader, how does the symbol of the bear give you a better, deeper understanding of race relations in the South? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you think 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 "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.
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