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. What scarce food source does Flag begin to steal and eat from the family?

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

3. Who is Nellie Ginright?

4. What animal comes sniffing around the camp where the men sleep, enticed by the smell of cooking meat?

5. After the storm, why does the Baxter family suddenly have less milk than usual?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Flag dies, how does Jody plan to escape to Boston?

3. Why does Buck Forrester keep the hide of Old Slewfoot, and what is the reaction to his plan?

4. How does it happen that Jody kills his first bear?

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

6. At the end of winter, how does the family feel about Old Slewfoot's meat?

7. How can Jody tell that Flag is beginning to mature into a buck?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

As the novel progresses, Jody's relationship to the animals in the woods changes. Define three different relationships that Jody has with animals in his woods and describe the ways that Jody's relationship with those animals changes as his character matures.

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