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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. How many times does Penny's gun misfire, missing the bear that he is hunting?

2. What part of Old Slewfoot's body is offered to Buck Forrester to take home to his ailing family member?

3. Which of the following does Jody do to Lem Forrester, attempting to protect Oliver during the fight?

4. On the day that Jody returns from the Forrester's home, what meat does Penny have cooking in the smokehouse?

5. As Jody watches the animal with its young, what does he realize about nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Penny shoot the doe while out searching for his missing hogs?

2. According to Penny, why is it necessary to lie to Oliver Hutto about the origins of Grandma Hutto's house fire, and what is Ma Baxter's response to the explanation?

3. Why are all the animals in the woods dying, and what does Jody fear in this realization?

4. While hunting for the wolves, why do Penny and Lem get into a fight over a buck?

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

6. What is the response to Oliver Hutto and Twink's return from the steamship?

7. What happens during Fodder Wing's burial service?

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

9. Why do Penny and Jody return to Mullet Prairie?

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

In the opening chapter, Jody Baxter proclaims his three life's desires. Briefly describe each of the three desires that Jody has for his life and explain how, through the course of the novel, he accomplishes each one.

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