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 does Billy discover when he climbs the ghost tree in Chapter 13?

3. What creature does Old Dan tree one day after the competition?

4. How is Rubin Pritchard killed?

5. What happens to Grandpa while searching for Old Dan in the storm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

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

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

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

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. Describe the legend of the red fern.

7. Describe the struggle between Billy's dogs and the mountain lion.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Where the Red Fern Grows, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select one of the following minor characters to analyze: The Pritchard Boys, Mr. Benson, Mama, Papa. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character.

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.

3) The impact of this character on the story line: How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 2

Setting is important to the plot in this novel. Select three of the settings in the novel and discuss how they influence the plot and character development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

In Where the Red Fern Grows the author uses several recurrent symbols. Choose two of the following symbols (red fern, raccoons, the lantern, the ax, the abandoned campsite, the river) and

1) describe how the symbol is presented in the novel

2) discuss the significance and impact of the symbol on the plot and character development.

Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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