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 does Billy insist the group look for the dogs rather than wait for them to come back on their own?

2. What creature does Old Dan tree one day after the competition?

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

4. How does Billy prepare Little Ann for the beauty contest?

5. Why does Old Dan lure Billy out on to the ice pack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Rainie Pritchard suggest that Billy should accept that his dogs cannot catch the "ghost coon"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes Where the Red Fern Grows address is love and loyalty. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Wilson Rawls uses a frame story in this novel. Describe the frame story and discuss how it relates to the main plot line. Then comment on how the novel would be different if the frame story was removed. Be sure to cite examples from the text 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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