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 of the following best describes Doc Wilson?

2. Penny and Jody see a type of "dancing" bird while they are out fishing. What type of bird is it?

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

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

5. How does Ma Baxter feel about Buck Forrester staying in their home?

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

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

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

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

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

7. While walking to the fishing hole, what does Penny inform Jody about the Minorcans?

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The title of the novel is "The Yearling," a title that can be taken two ways. Explain how the title of the novel could be describing Jody's life or Flag's life and how Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings parallels the two coming-of-age stories throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the first half of the novel, Penny Baxter is presented as an almost invincible man in his son's eyes. Explain why Jody has such high esteem for his father. Then, choose two examples of moments when Jody's faith in his father's ability begins to fade. Finally, explain how Jody's view of his father's strength has changed by the end of the novel.

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