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. When Jody sees that his mother is in a bad mood, on what does he compliment her in an attempt to cheer her mood?

2. From which character did Penny earn the nickname "Leetle ol' Penny Baxter"?

3. What is the name of Lem Forrester's sweetheart?

4. Which of the following has Penny Baxter always felt closest to?

5. When Jody sees Oliver to say goodbye, what does Oliver ask Jody to do for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to make the Baxter family realize that Old Slewfoot has returned?

2. Why are the Baxter and Forrester men glad that Fodder Wing is not alive to prowl the woods with them?

3. How is Julia injured by Old Slewfoot?

4. What happens during Fodder Wing's burial service?

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

6. Why does Penny shoot the doe while out searching for his missing hogs?

7. Why do Penny and Jody return to Mullet Prairie?

8. Why does Jody view stormy weather as a particularly nostalgic time of his life?

9. At the end of winter, how does the family feel about Old Slewfoot's meat?

10. When Penny realizes that the hogs are missing, what does he do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Penny Baxter spends most of his life priding himself on his honesty. Choose one situation where Penny used honesty to get him out of a sticky situation and one situation when Penny chose to lie. How does the dichotomy of truth and lies present itself as a theme in the novel through Penny's character?

Essay Topic 2

After Flag's death, Jody decides that running away from his family is the best option.

Part 1.) Describe Jody's plans to run away and how he will execute those plans.

Part 2.) Explain the emotions that Jody felt when he was running away and his motivations for wanting to leave his family behind.

Part 3.) Describe the lessons that Jody learned while he was on the run and what his conclusions about life with his family were.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, there are many times that the Baxters lose their animals and crops. Choose two instances in which the Baxters were set back in their profits. Describe each instance and explain how this loss affected the Baxters directly.

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