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

2. What does Billy seemingly randomly ask his family that shocks and entertains them in Chapter 4?

3. Why does Billy feel badly for scolding Little Ann when they return to the sycamore tree in Chapter 9?

4. Upon bringing them home, where does Billy intend for the puppies to sleep?

5. In Chapter 5, what does Billy see the train stationmaster doing that gives him the courage to enter the depot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Billy do to prepare for the final round of the hunting competition?

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

4. Describe the redbone hound in Chapter 1.

5. Describe how Billy's dogs catch the first two raccoons of the final round of the hunting competition.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

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 3

The Ozark Mountains are an important setting in the novel. Discuss the significance of this setting focusing on its impact on plot and character development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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