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's father suggest he do in the morning after his pups have treed their first raccoon?

2. What impresses the Tahlequah marshal about Billy?

3. Who does the unnamed man in Chapter 1 notice fighting as he walks home?

4. What does Billy trap in his new hunting traps in Chapter 2?

5. Which of the following words best characterizes Billy's reaction to the Tahlequah townspeople's comments about his appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Billy's desire for hunting dogs fit with his ability to purchase the dogs?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Compare and contrast Old Dan and Little Ann as they are described by Billy in Chapter 10.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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