Where the Red Fern Grows Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

The redbone hound in Chapter 1 appears emaciated and worn. His paws show signs of a long walk and he appears to not have eaten in some time. His fur is covered in mud and he is scrawny. Still, he appears to have a strong spirit.

2. Where does the unnamed old man in Chapter 1 assume the hound lives? Why?

When the dog leaves the unnamed old man's home in Chapter 1, he heads east. The man knows that the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Oklahoma are in this direction so he assumes the dog must live there with his master.

3. What memories does the redbone hound stir up for the unnamed old man in Chapter 1?

The redbone hound reminds the unnamed man of his youth. He thinks of two dogs and a baking powder can. He also looks fondly at two cups that he has on his mantel.

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