Three Famous Short Novels Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 animal did Ash encounter in the woods the first time he went hunting on his own?

2. Why is the tall convict no longer required to serve the rest of his sentence from before the flood?

3. In what season of the year does the young boy spend hunting Old Ben?

4. Why does Sam believe that Ben will be the new target of Old Ben?

5. What type of weapon does the Cajun man use while he is hunting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when the convict meets the woman of his dreams at a refugee camp?

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

4. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?

5. Who is Ash?

6. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?

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

8. What type of relationship do Boon and Ike have?

9. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?

10. Where do the convict and the refugee stay when they leave the Red Cross boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout his life, the tall convict questions what it means to have a "normal" life outside of prison. First, describe the reaction the tall convict has to the pregnant refugee he is ordered to save. What does this woman teach the tall convict about life on "the outside"? Then, explain the reaction the tall convict has to the young woman he meets in the refugee camp. What does this woman teach the tall convict about life on the outside? Finally, explain which woman you think had a deeper impact on the convict, and who the convict will be thinking about while finishing his sentence behind bars. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your arguments.

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