Where the Red Fern Grows Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 item does Billy need to train the dogs as trackers?

2. What breed of dog does Billy's father offer to get for him?

3. What secret does Billy's grandfather keep for him?

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

5. How does Billy's overwhelming desire for hound puppies affect him physically?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Billy and the other hunters talk about as they sell their hides in Billy's grandfather's store.

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

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

4. Compare and contrast Billy and his father's views of the town of Tahlequah.

5. What does Billy do with the candy his grandfather gives him in Chapter 3? What does this demonstrate about his character?

6. What is Billy's first impression of the Tahlequah stationmaster? Why does his impression change?

7. What character traits does Billy exhibit when the children on the playground in Tahlequah harass his dogs? How does he demonstrate these traits?

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

9. How does Billy train the dogs to track raccoons?

10. Describe the area that Billy lives in as a kid.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is an important topic in this novel. Discuss the ways friendship is presented in the book. Then discuss the message the author is trying to make about friendships. In other words, what is his view of friendships? What does he think is important in a friendship. Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Old Dan and Little Ann share many common traits, but they are also very different. Compare and contrast the two dogs focusing both on their physical and personality traits. Be sure to cite examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

The Ozark Mountains are an important setting in the novel. Discuss the significance of this setting focusing on its impact on plot and character development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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