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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the age of ten, what does Billy desperately want to have?
(a) A gun.
(b) Two dogs.
(c) A dog.
(d) A brother.

2. What does Billy do with the money he earns from hunting?
(a) He pays off his debts to his grandfather.
(b) He spends it on hunting supplies.
(c) He gives it to his mother.
(d) He gives it to his father.

3. How does the woman watching Billy play in the playground in Tahlequah react to what happens to Billy?
(a) She rushes over to help him.
(b) She is disgusted by his appearance.
(c) She laughs at him.
(d) She reports him to the school principal.

4. Why does Old Dan leave Billy's home during the night in Chapter 9?
(a) To return to the tree where the coon is.
(b) To find Little Ann.
(c) To swim in the river.
(d) To track another coon.

5. What impresses the Tahlequah marshal about Billy?
(a) His willingness to stick up for his puppies.
(b) His self-assured attitude.
(c) His willingness to work hard to purchase the puppies.
(d) His interest in hunting.

6. How does the dog in Chapter 1 show the unnamed man he is feeling better?
(a) He leaves to walk back home.
(b) He licks him.
(c) He makes himself at home in the man's house.
(d) He eats a large amount of food.

7. How much is Billy able to earn per coonskin?
(a) Exactly $10.
(b) Up to $10.
(c) Up to $100.
(d) $5.

8. Who does the unnamed man in Chapter 1 notice fighting as he walks home?
(a) A man and a woman.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Cats.
(d) Two boys.

9. Why does Billy become disillusioned with his new hunting traps?
(a) They are not appropriate for catching raccoons.
(b) He doesn't know how to operate them properly.
(c) They break easily.
(d) He is unable to catch a raccoon.

10. Why does the unnamed man in Chapter 1 leave his gate open?
(a) In case the dog returns.
(b) To allow the dog to roam freely.
(c) To welcome visitors.
(d) To allow other dogs to take refuge in his yard.

11. Why does Billy think the sycamore tree falling is an example of divine intervention?
(a) He has an unnatural ability to continue chopping despite the pain.
(b) He has a strong faith in God.
(c) He has prayed for assistance.
(d) The breeze that blows it down does not affect any other tree in the area.

12. Where does Billy's family live when he is ten?
(a) In Idaho.
(b) In Texas.
(c) In the Appalachian Mountains.
(d) In the Ozark Mountains.

13. What does Old Dan do when Little Ann cuts her paw?
(a) He stays with her rather than going hunting alone with Billy.
(b) He leaves her to be cared for by Billy's sisters.
(c) He fights the animal who hurt Little Ann.
(d) He nurses her back to health.

14. What happens to Billy when he tries to join in with the activity the children at the playground in Tahlequah are participating in?
(a) He gets caught on the pipe.
(b) He is too frightened to slide down.
(c) He splatters on to the ground.
(d) The children laugh at him.

15. What prevents Billy's parents from buying him the puppies he wants?
(a) They are not available in the area they live in.
(b) They do not want to have pets.
(c) They do not believe he will take care of them.
(d) They cannot afford them.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Billy's dogs have treed their first raccoon, who arrives later in the day to check on Billy?

2. What does Billy decide to name the puppies?

3. Why does the general store owner offer Billy a pair of shoes?

4. What does Billy's grandfather tell him that raccoons cannot resist?

5. Who helps Billy train the puppies?

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