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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 dogs does the Baxter family own?

2. Which of the following words finishes this phrase from the Forrester home: "I'm so hungry, my ______ thinks my throat is cut"?

3. What animals go missing from the Baxter farm after the fistfight?

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

5. What gift does Oliver bring back from his adventures for Jody?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Julia injured by Old Slewfoot?

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

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

6. How does the Baxter family prepare the buck that Penny shoots with his new gun?

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

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

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

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

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 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

When the wolves enter the Baxter family land, they cause chaos in the family.

Part 1.) Describe the way that the wolves directly affect life for the Baxters on the farm.

Part 2.) Compare/contrast the ways that the Baxters and the Forresters propose to get rid of the wolves and the conflict that arises due to their disagreement.

Part 3.) Explain the aftereffects of killing the wolves on both the people and animals involved.

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