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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 was the name of the war that ended slavery in the South?
2. What is the last thing Boon says to Ike before Ike leaves him alone in the woods?
3. Who does Ike claim profited greatly from the process of buying and selling land?
4. Which of Boon's dogs is hottest on Old Ben's trail on the day the bear is killed?
5. What plans does the tall convict make with his lover, once he is released from prison?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the history of race-relations between Blacks and Whites in the South, as Ike understands it?
2. Where do the convict and the refugee stay when they leave the Red Cross boat?
3. How is Old Ben killed?
4. How did Ash attempt to outshine Ike as children, and what was the result of his attempt?
5. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?
6. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?
7. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?
8. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
9. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
10. According to Sam, what mistake does the young boy make when he goes out into the woods in search of Old Ben on his own?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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