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. Where does Little Ann die?

2. Why do the Pritchard boys refuse to give Billy his money back?

3. Why does Little Ann stop barking when she trees the "ghost coon"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

5. Describe the legend of the red fern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

One of the themes Where the Red Fern Grows address is man vs man. 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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