The Yearling Test | Final 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. When Penny and Jody finally arrive at Grandma Hutto's home, which of the following adjectives best describes the conversation between Ma Baxter and Grandma Hutto?

2. What does Jody whittle for his father's Christmas gift?

3. Why does Lem Forrester throw Penny against the wall?

4. What is Jody afraid of when he sees that the corn he planted is beginning to germinate?

5. What happens after Flag goes wandering through the house at night and nuzzles Ma while she is sleeping?

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. Why does Jody view stormy weather as a particularly nostalgic time of his life?

3. What is the response to Jody's ability at planting the tobacco seeds?

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

5. What is the response to Oliver Hutto and Twink's return from the steamship?

6. How does Jody know that Flag is maturing in the yearling phase of his life?

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

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

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

10. What plan does Jody concoct to try to save Flag from being shot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buck Forrester enters the Baxter family's life as a beacon of light. Gradually, as the novel progresses, that light begins to fade. Describe how Buck Forrester functions as a beacon of light and explain how the changing character of Buck Forrester signals to the reader that darkness is quickly approaching the Baxter family.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the rising climax of the novel, the fight between the Forrester and Baxter family comes to a head at the Volusia Christmas party.

Part 1.) Explain what happened in the final fight between the two families.

Part 2.) Explain why Grandma Hutto decided to lie to Oliver about the events.

Part 3.) Describe what the final effects of the fight were on both families and their relationship to each other and the woods.

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