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 Billy notice about the size of the puppies in Chapter 5?

2. Who arrives to check on Billy in Chapter 8 when he has not returned home from hunting by morning?

3. What does Billy do with the bag of candy from his grandfather's store?

4. How does Billy's grandfather help him get the item he needs to train the dogs as trackers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 9, what do the dogs do during the night while Billy is sleeping in his bed? How does Billy discover their actions?

4. Describe how Billy's dogs catch the three raccoons that put him in the running for the gold cup.

5. How is the "ghost coon" able to evade the dogs?

6. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

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

8. What does Mr. Benson tell Billy that concerns him? What does Billy discover is actually true?

9. How do Billy's parents react to him asking how far it is to Kentucky? What information are they lacking?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Old Dan and Little Ann share many common traits, but they are also very different. Compare and contrast the two dogs focusing both on their physical and personality traits. Be sure to cite examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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