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. What does Billy hear during the night in Chapter 15 that he takes as a bad omen?

2. How is Rubin Pritchard killed?

3. Why do the Pritchard boys refuse to give Billy his money back?

4. What does Billy's grandfather tell the boy he must bring with him to the hunting contest?

5. Where does Billy bury the dogs when they die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the role Old Blue plays in Chapter 13.

4. Describe Billy's thoughts as he travels from his grandfather's store to his family's home after finding out about the hunting competition.

5. Years after leaving the Ozarks, what does Billy imagine he would find if he should ever visit the dogs' graves?

6. Why doesn't Billy follow his dogs to the third raccoon in the final round of the hunting competition? What does he do instead?

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

8. Why does Rainie Pritchard suggest that Billy should accept that his dogs cannot catch the "ghost coon"?

9. Describe the legend of the red fern.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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