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

2. How does Rainie Pritchard characterize Billy's grandfather?

3. Where does Billy's family move to in Chapter 19?

4. What surprises Billy's grandfather about Little Ann and Old Dan's relationship?

5. Why does Billy decide not to kill the "ghost coon"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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