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 tell his mother is the reason why he was able to get the puppies?

2. Where does Billy's family live when he is ten?

3. How old is Billy when his first hunting season opens?

4. What does Billy's grandfather tell Billy he will need to have to finish cutting down the tree?

5. Where will Billy need to pick up his puppies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Billy discover about the two dogs when they camp in the cave?

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

4. Describe Billy's shopping experience in the general store in Tahlequah.

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

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

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

8. Describe Billy's travels from Oklahoma to Tahlequah.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting is important to the plot in this novel. Select three of the settings in the novel and discuss how they influence the plot and character development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel 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

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.

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