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. In what month does the Baxter family experience their first frost of the year?

2. Who does Jody attempt to talk to on the way to Volusia, prompting him to deeply miss Fodder Wing?

3. Where does the Baxter family plan to spend their Christmas holidays?

4. When Jody is forced to pen Flag, what does he use to construct the cage?

5. What crop of the Baxter family is described as "rotting in the ground"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Jody and Penny witness the maimed wolf doing on their land, and what is their response?

3. What happens during the middle of the night, prompting Ma Baxter to ban Flag from entering the house?

4. What happens to the Baxter family's crops during the seven-day storm?

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

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

7. Why do Penny and Jody return to Mullet Prairie?

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

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

10. Why are all the animals in the woods dying, and what does Jody fear in this realization?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The character of Twink plays an important role in adding conflict to the novel.

Part 1.) Describe Twink's character and explain why she was a desirable woman to the men in the novel.

Part 2.) Explain why Twink's character added conflict to the story and what the outcome of that conflict was.

Part 3.) Describe which man, either Oliver Hutto or Lem Forrester, would make a better husband for Twink and explain why.

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