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 information about Fodder Wing does Jody learn from Fodder Wing's brother while they are in the woods together?

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

3. What type of albino animal is caught in Penny's trap?

4. How does Jody express himself when he tells his father about his insights into nature?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. What reaction does Jody have when Old Slewfoot kills the Baxter family's pregnant sow?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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