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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. After the run-in with the Forresters at the Christmas party, where does Grandma Hutto decide to move?
2. In what month does the Baxter family experience their first frost of the year?
3. Which of the following best describes the meat that Old Slewfoot's body produced?
4. What does Ma call the Forrester boys after the lie to Oliver Hutto?
5. After Christmas, what is Jody's main winter chore?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Penny propose that they get the fabric Ma requested for her Christmas dress?
2. How does it happen that Jody kills his first bear?
3. How does Jody know that Flag is maturing in the yearling phase of his life?
4. Why do Penny and Jody return to Mullet Prairie?
5. Describe the events directly contributing to Flag's death.
6. What happens during the middle of the night, prompting Ma Baxter to ban Flag from entering the house?
7. Why does Jody view stormy weather as a particularly nostalgic time of his life?
8. How does Jody build the fence that protects the corn crops from Flag?
9. Why are all the animals in the woods dying, and what does Jody fear in this realization?
10. What prompts Jody to change his opinion of Twink?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Penny Baxter spends most of his life priding himself on his honesty. Choose one situation where Penny used honesty to get him out of a sticky situation and one situation when Penny chose to lie. How does the dichotomy of truth and lies present itself as a theme in the novel through Penny's character?
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
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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