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. Why are the Baxter men called to hunt with the Forresters after they initially declined?

2. During a fight, what does Ma Baxter state that Penny's heart is made of?

3. How many days does it take Jody to build the fence?

4. When the storm arrives, how many days does it last?

5. Why does Jody wish for a hurricane?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the events directly contributing to Flag's death.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, Jody experiences two major losses: the death of Fodder Wing and the death of Flag. Describe how each death affected Jody's character and how each death propelled him toward his maturation into manhood.

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

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.

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