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. Buck considers what animals to be vandals in the cornfield?

2. As Penny and Jody are traveling to the Forrester home, which stories does Penny tell his son?

3. After the encounter with the Spaniard, what type of animal does Jody watch feeding its young?

4. At what time must Jody finish all of his chores before he is allowed to visit Fodder Wing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After the fistfight, what does Oliver ask of Jody, and what is Jody's response?

4. After holding the buck skin, what realization does Jody make about his relationship with the animals on his family's land?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, Jody experiences two major losses: the death of Fodder Wing and the death of Flag. Describe how each death affected Jody's character and how each death propelled him toward his maturation into manhood.

Essay Topic 2

After Penny is injured by the rattlesnake, there is a period of time when Buck Forrester stays with the Baxter family. Compare/contrast life on the Baxter farm before and during Buck's time there and explain how Buck Forrester helped to change Ma Baxter's mindset about the Forrester family.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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