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

2. What is the significance of the red fern?

3. What amazes the other hunters about Old Dan and Little Ann's actions after chasing the raccoon through the river?

4. What does Billy do to try and gain an advantage on his night of hunting in the contest?

5. What does Billy finally notice about his mother as the family discusses the hunting competition over dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the legend of the red fern.

2. What warnings do Billy's father and grandfather give him about hunting in bad weather?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where the Red Fern Grows presents and comments on the circle of life. Discuss how this idea plays out in the novel. Then examine the author's view on the topic. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the novel.

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 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.

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