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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 an attribute that the unnamed man in Chapter 1 notices when examining the dog?
2. What does Billy use to make collars for the puppies?
3. Why does Billy think the sycamore tree falling is an example of divine intervention?
4. Why does Billy try to get the dogs to stay at home when he takes hides to his grandfather's store?
5. What does Old Dan do when Little Ann cuts her paw?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe what happens after Billy sets up the raccoon traps along the river in Chapter 7.
2. Describe the events between the tree falling down and Billy's return home.
3. Describe "The Big Tree".
4. How do Billy's feelings about his family's home change when he returns home from his journey to Tahlequah?
5. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.
6. Why is Billy confused by the Tahlequah townspeople's reactions to his actions and appearance?
7. Why is Billy so committed to cutting down the sycamore tree?
8. What character traits does Billy exhibit when the children on the playground in Tahlequah harass his dogs? How does he demonstrate these traits?
9. What does Billy do when he despairs that he cannot finish cutting down the tree? What happens after he does so?
10. Compare and contrast Old Dan and Little Ann as they are described by Billy in Chapter 10.
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
In Where the Red Fern Grows the author uses several recurrent symbols. Choose two of the following symbols (red fern, raccoons, the lantern, the ax, the abandoned campsite, the river) and
1) describe how the symbol is presented in the novel
2) discuss the significance and impact of the symbol on the plot and character development.
Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 1,120 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)