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. How many traps does Billy set up near the river in Chapter 7?

3. How does Billy characterize Tahlequah when talking with his father in Chapter 6?

4. How does the boy dog demonstrate his courage in this chapter?

5. After Billy's dogs have treed their first raccoon, who arrives later in the day to check on Billy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memories does the redbone hound stir up for the unnamed old man in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the significance of the abandoned campsite for Billy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Where the Red Fern Grows the author presents viewpoints on the themes of man vs. nature and man vs. man. Discuss the role that each of these conflicts plays in the novel. Then discuss which the author thinks is more powerful. Support your ideas with specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

One of the topic Where the Red Fern Grows address is the contrast between town and rural life. Discuss what the novel has to say about this topic. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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