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

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

3. When Jody is sick in bed, what is Ma worried will kill him if not properly treated?

4. Which of the following best describes Doc Wilson?

5. What animal from the Baxter family farm was killed by Old Slewfoot?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Julia injured by Old Slewfoot?

4. After living through the fistfight, what does Jody realize about Oliver Hutto?

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

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

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

8. How is Jody injured during the fight between Oliver Hutto and the Forrester men?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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