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 is unique about the area that Billy's family lives in when he is young?

2. Why does Billy feel badly for scolding Little Ann when they return to the sycamore tree in Chapter 9?

3. What does Billy do with the money he earns from hunting?

4. Upon bringing them home, where does Billy intend for the puppies to sleep?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

6. What concerns Mama about Billy's obsession with hunting?

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

8. What memories does the redbone hound stir up for the unnamed old man in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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.

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