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. Which character says that they would like a chance to "whup that bear"?

2. What does Jody create with palm fronds in the woods?

3. When Jody realizes that a bear or raccoon may not be a good option for a pet, what does he ask his mother for instead?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Jody do in the middle of the night after Old Slewfoot has been killed and everyone has fallen asleep?

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

6. What does Fodder Wing tell Jody about the magnolia tree, and what is Jody's reaction?

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

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

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

10. How do each of Jody's parents react to the fact that he has been rambling in the woods all morning rather than doing his chores?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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