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 much money does Billy need to earn to purchase two hound puppies?

2. What does Billy like to do for fun in Chapter 2?

3. In Chapter 5, what does Billy see the train stationmaster doing that gives him the courage to enter the depot?

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

5. What type of dog is being attacked by the other dogs in Chapter 1?

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

3. How do Billy's feelings about his family's home change when he returns home from his journey to Tahlequah?

4. Based on information in Chapter 1, why does the unnamed old man take such an interest in the redbone hound?

5. How do the puppies react to the first raccoon that they encounter?

6. Describe the process Billy's grandfather teaches him for trapping raccoons.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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