Quiz Old Yeller & The Bear

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Most of us love seeing a cute little puppy any day. The story of old yeller shows us the relationship of a boy and his pet that survives against all odds. Take the quiz below and see just how much you remember from this captivating book by Fred Gipson. Have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is Travis doing when Arliss meets the bear?

    • A.

      Splitting rails

    • B.

      Chopping firewood

    • C.

      Repairing the fence

    Correct Answer
    A. Splitting rails
    Explanation
    Travis is splitting rails when Arliss meets the bear.

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  • 2. 

    This story was written

    • A.

      In the first-person

    • B.

      In the second-person

    • C.

      In the third-person

    Correct Answer
    A. In the first-person
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in the first-person" because the story is written from the perspective of the narrator who is directly involved in the events and is using pronouns like "I" and "me" to tell the story. This point of view allows the reader to gain insight into the narrator's thoughts, feelings, and experiences, providing a more intimate and personal connection with the story.

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  • 3. 

    What does Arliss do that upsets his mother?

    • A.

      Arliss upsets his mother by fighting with Travis.

    • B.

      Arliss upsets his mother by bringing home animals of every kind.

    • C.

      Arliss upsets his mother by refusing to let go of the bear cub.

    Correct Answer
    B. Arliss upsets his mother by bringing home animals of every kind.
    Explanation
    Arliss upsets his mother by bringing home animals of every kind. This is evident from the statement that Arliss upsets his mother by bringing home animals of every kind. This behavior of constantly bringing home animals might be causing inconvenience or trouble for his mother, leading to her being upset.

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  • 4. 

    How does Mama treat Arliss's hands after the fish "fins" him?

    • A.

      She treats his hands by carefully removing the fin needles and wrapping the wound in a bandage.

    • B.

      She treats his hands by wrapping them in a poultice of mashed-up prickly pear root to draw out the poison.

    • C.

      She treats his hands by taking him to the nearest doctor, since the dad is away.

    Correct Answer
    B. She treats his hands by wrapping them in a poultice of mashed-up prickly pear root to draw out the poison.
  • 5. 

    What does Travis say the yeller dog will do to Arliss?

    • A.

      Travis says the dog will make the biggest liar in Texas out of Arliss.

    • B.

      Travis says the dog will make Arliss spoiled.

    • C.

      Travis says the dog will make Arliss want to bring in less animals as he will have a fun dog to play with..

    Correct Answer
    A. Travis says the dog will make the biggest liar in Texas out of Arliss.
    Explanation
    Travis says the dog will make the biggest liar in Texas out of Arliss. This suggests that the yeller dog will cause Arliss to tell lies or exaggerate stories, possibly due to the dog's mischievous behavior or the adventures they have together. It implies that Arliss will become known for his tall tales and exaggerations, earning him the reputation of being the biggest liar in Texas.

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  • 6. 

    Why didn't Arliss's family worry very much when they heard Arliss scream?

    • A.

      Arliss's family didn't worry, because Travis was with him.

    • B.

      The family didn't worry, because his father was with him.

    • C.

      Arliss was a screamer by nature and he screamed all the time.

    Correct Answer
    C. Arliss was a screamer by nature and he screamed all the time.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Arliss's family didn't worry when they heard him scream because he was known to be a screamer by nature and would scream frequently. This implies that his screams were not indicative of any immediate danger or distress, leading his family to become desensitized to his screams and not worry too much about them.

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  • 7. 

    When Travis heard Arliss scream a second time, how did Travis know Arliss was in trouble?

    • A.

      Travis knew Arliss was in trouble because he never would scream a second time.

    • B.

      Travis knew Arliss was in trouble because the scream was loud and frantic.

    • C.

      Travis knew Arliss was in trouble because the dog came to get Travis.

    Correct Answer
    B. Travis knew Arliss was in trouble because the scream was loud and frantic.
    Explanation
    Travis knew Arliss was in trouble because the scream was loud and frantic. This suggests that Arliss was experiencing a high level of distress or danger, which prompted him to scream again. Travis was able to interpret the intensity and urgency of the scream, leading him to understand that Arliss needed help. Additionally, the fact that the dog came to get Travis further supports the idea that something serious was happening to Arliss.

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  • 8. 

    Why didn't Travis recognize the whimpering and crying as coming from Arliss?

    • A.

      Travis didn't recognize it, because the whimpering was coming from a bear cub, not Arliss.

    • B.

      Travis didn't recognize it, because the whimpering was coming from Old Yeller, not Arliss.

    • C.

      Travis didn't recognize it, because the whimpering was coming from a stray fox, not Arliss.

    Correct Answer
    A. Travis didn't recognize it, because the whimpering was coming from a bear cub, not Arliss.
    Explanation
    Travis didn't recognize the whimpering and crying as coming from Arliss because it was actually coming from a bear cub.

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  • 9. 

    In the story, Travis plans to

    • A.

      Hit the bear with his axe

    • B.

      Let the bear and Old Yeller fight

    • C.

      Get a gun and shoot the bear

    Correct Answer
    A. Hit the bear with his axe
    Explanation
    Travis plans to hit the bear with his axe. This suggests that he is willing to confront the bear directly and defend himself using the only weapon he has at his disposal. It implies that Travis is brave and resourceful, willing to take on a dangerous animal in order to protect himself or others. This action also highlights Travis's determination and willingness to take risks in order to ensure his own safety.

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  • 10. 

    At the end of the story, it seems as if

    • A.

      The she bear wanted to be friends

    • B.

      Mama was annoyed at Travis

    • C.

      Old Yeller thought he had been playing

    Correct Answer
    C. Old Yeller thought he had been playing
    Explanation
    Old Yeller thought he had been playing because throughout the story, Old Yeller has been portrayed as a playful and mischievous dog. He often engages in playful activities with Travis and the family, such as chasing animals and wrestling with Travis. Therefore, it is likely that Old Yeller misinterpreted the she bear's aggressive behavior as a form of play, rather than a threat. This misunderstanding is consistent with Old Yeller's playful nature and his tendency to view the world through a playful lens.

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  • 11. 

    Mama reminds Travis that he used to tell some whoppers. What does she mean?

    • A.

      Travis used to talk all the time.

    • B.

      Travis used to tell tales.

    • C.

      Travis used to throw tantrums.

    Correct Answer
    B. Travis used to tell tales.
    Explanation
    The phrase "tell some whoppers" is an idiomatic expression that means telling exaggerated or untrue stories. Mama is reminding Travis that he used to tell tales, meaning he used to make up stories or exaggerate the truth.

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  • 12. 

    Mama found a tangled-up mess of grasshoppers. Tangled-up means

    • A.

      Mixed up and stuck together

    • B.

      Stitched together tightly

    • C.

      Folded into a neat bundle

    Correct Answer
    A. Mixed up and stuck together
    Explanation
    The word "tangled-up" suggests that the grasshoppers are in a state of confusion or disorder, as if they are mixed up and stuck together. It implies that the grasshoppers are not in their usual organized or separate state, but rather intertwined or entangled with each other. The term "tangled-up" does not indicate that the grasshoppers are stitched together tightly or folded into a neat bundle, but rather describes a messy and jumbled situation.

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  • 13. 

    Arliss told so many big yarns. In this sentence, a yarn is

    • A.

      A woolen string

    • B.

      A made-up story

    • C.

      A long rope for trapping

    Correct Answer
    B. A made-up story
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "yarn" is used metaphorically to refer to "a made-up story." This is evident from the context of the sentence, where it is stated that Arliss "told so many big yarns." The word "big" implies that the stories were exaggerated or not true, indicating that "yarn" is being used to describe fabricated or fictional tales. Therefore, the correct answer is "a made-up story."

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  • 14. 

    Little Arliss's second scream was more frantic than the first. Frantic means

    • A.

      Strange and unusual

    • B.

      Full of laughing and teasing

    • C.

      Worried and afraid

    Correct Answer
    C. Worried and afraid
    Explanation
    Frantic means being in a state of extreme anxiety or fear, characterized by a sense of urgency and desperation. In the given context, Little Arliss's second scream is described as more frantic than the first, indicating that it was accompanied by heightened worry and fear. This suggests that something alarming or distressing might have occurred, causing Little Arliss to react with increased anxiety and fear.

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  • 15. 

    When Mama yells, "Hurry, son! Run!"  Travis becomes spooked. Another word for spooked is

    • A.

      Angry

    • B.

      Scared

    • C.

      Fierce

    Correct Answer
    B. Scared
    Explanation
    The word "spooked" implies a feeling of fear or being startled. In this scenario, Mama's urgent yelling causes Travis to feel scared or frightened, which is why "scared" is the correct answer.

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