The Yearling Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. After his father's attack, what relationship does Jody have with the animal that attacked him?

3. Who chooses the new name, Flag, for Jody's new fawn?

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

5. Who is watching over Jody when he awakens from the fistfight?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the Baxter and Forrester men glad that Fodder Wing is not alive to prowl the woods with them?

2. What happens to make the Baxter family realize that Old Slewfoot has returned?

3. How does the family react to seeing the first frost of the year?

4. How does it happen that Jody kills his first bear?

5. 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?

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

7. After hunting the wolves in the woods, why must Penny put all his trust in Buck Forrester?

8. What prompts Jody to change his opinion of Twink?

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

10. How is Penny coping with his groin injury at the time of Flag's bad behavior?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, there are many times that the Baxters lose their animals and crops. Choose two instances in which the Baxters were set back in their profits. Describe each instance and explain how this loss affected the Baxters directly.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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