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 does the unnamed man in Chapter 1 conclude about the dog after noticing his paws are worn?

2. What does Billy do with the money he earns from hunting?

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

4. What does Little Ann do just as Billy is about to move the dogs to a new location in Chapter 8?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are Billy's first impressions of Tahlequah?

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

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

10. Why is Billy so committed to cutting down the sycamore tree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where the Red Fern Grows presents and comments on the circle of life. Discuss how this idea plays out in the novel. Then examine the author's view on the topic. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the novel.

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

In Where the Red Fern Grows, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select one of the following minor characters to analyze: The Pritchard Boys, Mr. Benson, Mama, Papa. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character.

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.

3) The impact of this character on the story line: How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

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