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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. Why is the tall convict no longer required to serve the rest of his sentence from before the flood?
2. What was the name of Carothers' favorite slave with whom he fathered a child?
3. How does the convict react when he hears he must return to prison, this time with an extended sentence?
4. What do the hunters catch on the boy's first hunting trip into the woods?
5. Who steals the gold coins that were promised to Ike in his inheritance?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?
2. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
3. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?
4. Why must the convict and Cajun man eventually part ways?
5. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?
6. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?
7. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?
8. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?
9. What type of relationship do Boon and Ike have?
10. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp once stood?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Much of the story of the "Spotted Horses" is about trust. First, describe the trust the farmers of Texas have for the entrepreneur that comes into their town. Then, describe whether or not the entrepreneur deserved the trust of the farmers. Be sure to give at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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