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 Billy find when he visits to the dogs' graves before leaving home?

2. How does the animal in Chapter 18 react to Old Dan's threat?

3. How does the group find Old Dan in Chapter 17?

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

5. What does Billy's father show him to help him feel better when Old Dan and Little Ann die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are the rules of the hunting competition?

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

Setting is important to the plot in this novel. Select three of the settings in the novel and discuss how they influence the plot and character development. Be sure to cite several 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 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.

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