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 discover when he climbs the ghost tree in Chapter 13?

2. in Chapter 14, what concern about Little Ann does Billy share with his father?

3. Who does Billy think has planted the red fern?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 the legend of the red fern.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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