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. How many raccoons do Billy and the dogs catch during the hunting contest?

2. Whose bragging helps build Billy's reputation as a hunter?

3. How does the group find Old Dan in Chapter 17?

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

5. What does Billy do to help himself see the dogs in the fog in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Billy goes through several rites of passage in this novel. Describe at least two events that help usher him into adulthood. Then discuss how these events help make him a "man." Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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