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. How does Billy first react when he sees the puppies?

2. Who arrives to check on Billy in Chapter 8 when he has not returned home from hunting by morning?

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

4. What does Billy trap in his new hunting traps in Chapter 2?

5. What did Billy bring to Tahlequah to carry the puppies home in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe how Little Ann outsmarts the raccoon in Chapter 8.

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

7. What are Billy's first impressions of Tahlequah?

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

9. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting is important to the plot in this novel. Select three of the settings in the novel and discuss how they influence the plot and character 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 perseverance. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Where the Red Fern Grows presents and comments on the circle of life. Discuss how this idea plays out in the novel. Then examine the author's view on the topic. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the novel.

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