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 animal do the Baxter and Forrester men trap and plan to sell on the coast for a hefty profit?

2. Which of the following adjectives does Penny use to describe Jody's hunting skills down by the watering hole?

3. Why does Jody wish for a hurricane?

4. As Flag ages, what crop does he trample on the Baxter farm, meaning that there will be no cash for that crop this year?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why doesn't Penny want to hunt the wolves with the Forrester family?

10. How does the family react to seeing the first frost of the year?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the opening chapters of the novel, the theme of boyhood is presented. Compare/contrast the boyhood that Jody experiences in the novel with the boyhood his father, Penny, remembers. Then, explain the ways that Penny's remembered boyhood affects the way that he deals with his son during that same age range.

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