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 see his father do, which prompts him to believe his father will live?

2. From whom does Penny borrow a mare to travel home?

3. What overwhelming feeling does Jody feel when he is cleaning out the sinkhole?

4. What type of tree does Fodder Wing claim resembles a Spaniard mounting his horse?

5. Why does Grandma Hutto allow Jody to return home after the fistfight?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Buck Forrester teach Jody to rob a bee hive?

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

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

4. After holding the buck skin, what realization does Jody make about his relationship with the animals on his family's land?

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

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

7. What plan does Jody concoct to persuade his parents that he is mature enough to take on the fawn as a pet?

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Buck Forrester enters the Baxter family's life as a beacon of light. Gradually, as the novel progresses, that light begins to fade. Describe how Buck Forrester functions as a beacon of light and explain how the changing character of Buck Forrester signals to the reader that darkness is quickly approaching the Baxter family.

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