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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Billy become concerned when the Tahlequah marshal breaks up the fight?
(a) He thinks the marshal will also hit him.
(b) He is afraid the marshal will confiscate the puppies.
(c) He is afraid the marshal will put him in jail for fighting.
(d) He thinks the marshal will arrest him.

2. What does Papa instruct Billy to do to his traps once he has caught his first raccoon?
(a) Take the traps apart and only use the pups to hunt.
(b) Move the traps to the house to save for later.
(c) Move his traps to another location.
(d) Take the traps apart and never hunt again.

3. What does the unnamed man in Chapter 1 conclude about the dog after noticing his paws are worn?
(a) He has been abused.
(b) He has been taken hunting many times.
(c) He has walked through the woods.
(d) He has traveled a long way.

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

5. What did Billy bring to Tahlequah to carry the puppies home in?
(a) A backpack.
(b) A wagon.
(c) A box.
(d) A gunny sack.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event helps Mama understand why Billy is determined to cut down "The Big Tree"?

2. How does the woman watching Billy play in the playground in Tahlequah react to what happens to Billy?

3. Why does Billy choose the particular names for the puppies that he does?

4. Why does Billy apologize to the sycamore tree?

5. What prevents Billy's parents from buying him the puppies he wants?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

3. What connection does the author make between the redbone hound in the first chapter and Billy's dogs in Chapter 6?

4. Describe the events between the tree falling down and Billy's return home.

5. Describe Billy's travels from Oklahoma to Tahlequah.

6. What is the significance of the abandoned campsite for Billy?

7. How does Billy's family help him while he is trying to cut down the giant sycamore?

8. How does Billy's desire for hunting dogs fit with his ability to purchase the dogs?

9. Describe the actions Billy takes to earn enough money to purchase two hound puppies.

10. Why is Billy confused by the Tahlequah townspeople's reactions to his actions and appearance?

(see the answer keys)

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