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 do with the bag of candy from his grandfather's store?

2. How does Billy first react when he sees the puppies?

3. What does Billy like to do for fun in Chapter 2?

4. What fear must Billy help the puppies overcome?

5. Why does Billy choose the particular names for the puppies that he does?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What measures does Papa take in Chapter 2 to help Billy deal with his overwhelming desire for two puppies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What connection does the author make between the redbone hound in the first chapter and Billy's dogs in Chapter 6?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Billy grows and changes as a character as the novel progresses. At the same time, he holds to a core set of values. Compare and contrast Billy at several different stages in his development. Be sure to cite examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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