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. How did Billy's father discover he had traveled to Tahlequah to pick up the puppies?

2. How much is Billy able to earn per coonskin?

3. What does Little Ann do in Chapter 8 that shows Billy she has not fallen for the raccoon's trick?

4. What does Billy do with the money he earns from hunting?

5. What does Billy's father give him to help him cope with not getting hound puppies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Billy confused by the Tahlequah townspeople's reactions to his actions and appearance?

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

7. Describe the incident in with the muskrat den.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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