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. Why does Old Dan run up a hollow tree during a hunt?

2. Why does Billy decide to walk to Tahlequah?

3. What does Billy use as a piggy bank?

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

5. What does the dog's presence in Chapter 1 awaken in the unnamed man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the actions Billy takes to earn enough money to purchase two hound puppies.

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

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

4. Describe how Little Ann outsmarts the raccoon in Chapter 8.

5. What does Billy do when he despairs that he cannot finish cutting down the tree? What happens after he does so?

6. What surprises and touches Billy's grandfather in the later part of Chapter 3?

7. How does Billy's grandfather help him at the beginning of Chapter 9?

8. Describe "The Big Tree".

9. What concerns Mama about Billy's obsession with hunting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Billy goes through several rites of passage in this novel. Describe at least two events that help usher him into adulthood. Then discuss how these events help make him a "man." Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Wilson Rawls uses a frame story in this novel. Describe the frame story and discuss how it relates to the main plot line. Then comment on how the novel would be different if the frame story was removed. Be sure to cite examples from the text to support your ideas.

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