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 does Billy discover about the dogs when he wakes in the morning in Chapter 9?

2. Who helps Billy train the puppies?

3. What does Billy notice about the size of the puppies in Chapter 5?

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

5. Where do Billy and the puppies stop to rest on their journey home from Tahlequah?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Billy's parents react to him asking how far it is to Kentucky? What information are they lacking?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Compare and contrast Old Dan and Little Ann as they are described by Billy in Chapter 10.

8. What does Billy discover about the two dogs when they camp in the cave?

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

10. Describe "The Big Tree".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Where the Red Fern Grows the author presents viewpoints on the themes of man vs. nature and man vs. man. Discuss the role that each of these conflicts plays in the novel. Then discuss which the author thinks is more powerful. Support your ideas with specific examples from the novel.

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