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. Which of the following is NOT a realization Billy comes to upon returning home with the puppies?

2. Which of the following words best characterizes Billy's reaction to the Tahlequah townspeople's comments about his appearance?

3. How old is Billy when he finally has enough money to buy the puppies?

4. What does Billy use as a piggy bank?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Billy do to try and rescue Little Ann from the freezing river?

2. Describe what happens after Billy sets up the raccoon traps along the river in Chapter 7.

3. Describe how Billy's dogs catch the first two raccoons of the final round of the hunting competition.

4. What measures does Papa take in Chapter 2 to help Billy deal with his overwhelming desire for two puppies?

5. Why does Rainie Pritchard suggest that Billy should accept that his dogs cannot catch the "ghost coon"?

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

7. Describe the legend of the red fern.

8. How do Billy's feelings about his family's home change when he returns home from his journey to Tahlequah?

9. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

10. How is the "ghost coon" able to evade the dogs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Billy's parents and grandfather have a strong influence on him. Discuss at least three ways that Billy's family influences his development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes Where the Red Fern Grows address is man vs man. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Billy grows and changes as a character as the novel progresses. At the same time, he holds to a core set of values. Compare and contrast Billy at several different stages in his development. Be sure to cite examples from the text to support your ideas.

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