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 create with palm fronds in the woods?

2. After the bee hunt, who kills Old Slewfoot?

3. What is the name of the city where Grandma Hutto lives?

4. How many sons do the Forresters have?

5. What is the name of Grandma Hutto's little white dog?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Jody goes swimming at Grandma Hutto's house?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Fodder Wing earn his nickname, and what was the result of his accident?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, all three literary conflicts arise: man versus self, man versus man, and man versus nature. Choose which form of literary conflict you believe to be the strongest in the novel and explain why, citing at least three examples of this form of conflict.

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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