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 does Jody admit to eating, which he believes has caused his upset stomach?

2. What does the Baxter family suspect happened to the missing animals?

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

4. Which of the following adjectives best describes the lunchtime meal that Jody and his father eat at the Forrester home?

5. What emotion does Jody admit to feeling when he kills an animal during a hunt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Julia injured by Old Slewfoot?

6. What do Jody and Mill Wheel discuss while they are out in the woods searching for the fawn?

7. While Penny and Jody are hunting for Grandma Hutto, a buck is killed. Describe both Jody's and Penny's roles in the buck's death.

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

9. How does Oliver react to hearing the news that Lem Forrester has claimed Twink as his sweetheart?

10. What does Jody realize when he visits Fodder Wing's collection of pets after Fodder Wing's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In the opening chapters of the novel, the theme of boyhood is presented. Compare/contrast the boyhood that Jody experiences in the novel with the boyhood his father, Penny, remembers. Then, explain the ways that Penny's remembered boyhood affects the way that he deals with his son during that same age range.

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