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 compromise is Billy willing to make because of his parents' financial difficulties?

2. After Billy's dogs have treed their first raccoon, who arrives later in the day to check on Billy?

3. How does Billy's grandfather react when Billy shows him the money he has saved?

4. Why does Billy become disillusioned with his new hunting traps?

5. What does Billy find at the abandoned campsite?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where does the unnamed old man in Chapter 1 assume the hound lives? Why?

7. What does Billy do with the money he earns from hunting? Why does he do this?

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

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

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

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

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 3

One of the themes Where the Red Fern Grows address is love and loyalty. 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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