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. Why does Penny encourage Jody to return the small fish that he caught back into the water?

2. What does Penny allow Jody to make from the rare albino pelt?

3. Which of the following words is used to describe the color of Jody's hair?

4. What emotion does Jody admit to feeling when he kills an animal during a hunt?

5. Who is the only person that the Forrester men feel comfortable sharing their grief with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Jody and his father have what reaction to Fodder Wing's baby raccoon?

2. How does it happen that Jody kills his first bear?

3. While hunting for the wolves, why do Penny and Lem get into a fight over a buck?

4. What is the response to Oliver Hutto and Twink's return from the steamship?

5. What significant even happened when Jody Baxter was two years old?

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

7. What happens when the Forrester boys wake up, thinking that they hear a "varmint" scratching around their mother's bedpost?

8. What happens when Jody eats half-ripe berries from the woods?

9. What happens when Jody is asked to pen Flag?

10. What does Jody realize when he visits Fodder Wing's collection of pets after Fodder Wing's death?

Essay 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

Two families play central roles in the novel: the Baxter family and the Forrester family. Briefly describe each family and compare/contrast the way that the two families relate to the woods and nature that they live in.

Essay Topic 3

The character of Twink plays an important role in adding conflict to the novel.

Part 1.) Describe Twink's character and explain why she was a desirable woman to the men in the novel.

Part 2.) Explain why Twink's character added conflict to the story and what the outcome of that conflict was.

Part 3.) Describe which man, either Oliver Hutto or Lem Forrester, would make a better husband for Twink and explain why.

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