Where the Red Fern Grows Test | Final 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. Who does Billy's grandfather hold partly responsible for Rubin's death?

2. What does Billy's father show him to help him feel better when Old Dan and Little Ann die?

3. What does Grandpa give Billy in Chapter 15 that marks him as an adult?

4. What challenge emerges at the beginning of Chapter 17?

5. What does Papa believe would have prevented Billy from moving with the family at the end of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the "ghost coon" able to evade the dogs?

3. What does Mr. Benson tell Billy that concerns him? What does Billy discover is actually true?

4. What does Billy notice about the other dogs in the hunting competition?

5. Describe the legend of the red fern.

6. How does Papa believe the family's prayers have been answered in Chapter 19?

7. Describe how Billy's dogs catch the three raccoons that put him in the running for the gold cup.

8. What does Billy do to try and rescue Little Ann from the freezing river?

9. Describe the exchange that takes place between Billy, Grandpa and the Pritchard boys.

10. How does Billy's family react to the news of the hunting competition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Billy's parents and grandfather have a strong influence on him. Discuss at least three ways that Billy's family influences his development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel 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

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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