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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. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp is located?
2. Where does Lion sleep at night?
3. How do the Cajun man and the convict split the earnings from their hunting catches?
4. How does the young boy feel about Boon?
5. What does Ike claim has been the curse of the South?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp once stood?
2. What happens when the convict meets the woman of his dreams at a refugee camp?
3. Who is Ash?
4. Who is Lion, and how does he react the first time he comes face-to-face with Old Ben?
5. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
6. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
7. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?
8. How do the hunters learn that Old Ben is not an indestructible force of nature?
9. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
10. Who or what kills Major de Spain's colt?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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".
Essay Topic 2
In the story "Spotted Horses", there are three different types of con men introduced to the reader: the sewing machine agent, Flem Snopes, and Hipps. First, describe why each of these three characters could be considered a conman. Then, describe which of these three characters should be considered the most dangerous type of conman and explain what the outcome of their cons were on the small Mississippi town. 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", 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.
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