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

2. What surprises the hunting contest judge about Billy's dogs' final catch?

3. How is Rubin Pritchard killed?

4. What does Billy find when he visits to the dogs' graves before leaving home?

5. Why is Billy concerned about entering one of the dogs into the best looking dog contest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Billy do to try and rescue Little Ann from the freezing river?

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

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

4. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

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

6. What do Papa and Billy do upon returning home from the hunting competition? How does the family react?

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

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

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

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

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

The Ozark Mountains are an important setting in the novel. Discuss the significance of this setting focusing on its impact on plot and character development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes Where the Red Fern Grows address is perseverance. 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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