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 Lem Forrester trade to Penny in exchange for the fiest?

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

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

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

5. Which of the following is NOT a watering trough at the Baxter family sinkhole?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens when Jody is asked to pen Flag?

5. How does Penny propose that they get the fabric Ma requested for her Christmas dress?

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

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 Jody know that Flag is maturing in the yearling phase of his life?

9. How does Jody build the fence that protects the corn crops from Flag?

10. What are Jody's final thoughts at the close of the novel?

Essay 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

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 3

Throughout the novel, the colorful language of the farmers in both the Baxter and Forrester families comes to life. Choose one farm saying or figure of speech used by one of the characters and explain what it means. Then, explain how that figure of speech characterizes the speaker who used it and how the saying relates to the plot of the novel.

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