The Yearling Test | Mid-Book 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 Jody admit to eating, which he believes has caused his upset stomach?

2. Which of the following is NOT used as a description of Oliver Hutto?

3. After his father's attack, what relationship does Jody have with the animal that attacked him?

4. What animal attacks Penny while he and Jody are searching for the missing farm animals?

5. How many babies did Penny Baxter and his wife bury before Jody was born?

Short Essay Questions

1. While Penny and Jody are hunting for Grandma Hutto, a buck is killed. Describe both Jody's and Penny's roles in the buck's death.

2. How does Oliver react to hearing the news that Lem Forrester has claimed Twink as his sweetheart?

3. How is the Baxter family's limestone sinkhole divided?

4. What reaction does Jody have when Old Slewfoot kills the Baxter family's pregnant sow?

5. What do Jody and Mill Wheel discuss while they are out in the woods searching for the fawn?

6. After the fistfight, what does Oliver ask of Jody, and what is Jody's response?

7. How does the Baxter family prepare the buck that Penny shoots with his new gun?

8. After Fodder Wing's death, what does Jody realize about nature?

9. How has the Baxter farm changed from the beginning of summer to the end, in August?

10. How does the Baxter family feel about the need to have a watering well?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the colorful language of the farmers in both the Baxter and Forrester families comes to life. Choose one farm saying or figure of speech used by one of the characters and explain what it means. Then, explain how that figure of speech characterizes the speaker who used it and how the saying relates to the plot of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

In the opening chapter, Jody Baxter proclaims his three life's desires. Briefly describe each of the three desires that Jody has for his life and explain how, through the course of the novel, he accomplishes each one.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, both of Jody's parents have very different parenting styles and opinions about Jody's childhood. Briefly describe the way that each of Jody's parents raised him and what effect both of their parenting styles had in shaping his character as he matured.

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