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. Where does Little Ann find the "ghost coon" after Billy believes the bet is over?

2. Who lays next to Old Dan's dead body before it is buried?

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

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

5. What does Billy realize when he hears Old Dan bay while out on the ice?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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