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 did Billy bring to Tahlequah to carry the puppies home in?

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

3. What do the other hunters tease Billy about when they talk at his grandfather's store?

4. What does Billy do each morning when he returns home from hunting?

5. What does Little Ann do in Chapter 8 that shows Billy she has not fallen for the raccoon's trick?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Billy's first impression of the Tahlequah stationmaster? Why does his impression change?

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

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

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

6. Describe the area that Billy lives in as a kid.

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

8. What is the significance of the abandoned campsite for Billy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandpa's store is 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

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 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.

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