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 does Grandpa give Billy in Chapter 15 that marks him as an adult?

2. What problem do the dogs face when the raccoon leads them to the river in Chapter 11?

3. What does Papa believe would have prevented Billy from moving with the family at the end of the book?

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

5. Why do the dogs pounce on a large scary animal in Chapter 18 that Old Dan had treed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the legend of the red fern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Billy's parents and grandfather have a strong influence on him. Discuss at least three ways that Billy's family influences his development. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Friendship is an important topic in this novel. Discuss the ways friendship is presented in the book. Then discuss the message the author is trying to make about friendships. In other words, what is his view of friendships? What does he think is important in a friendship. Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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