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Old Yeller Comprehension (Novel)
Old Yeller questions and answers
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Who is the author of the book Old Yeller?
Who are the two main characters in this novel?
Travis and Old Yeller
Where does Travis's father go in the beginning of the book?
He leaves for Abilene to sell cattle.
Where is Fred Gipson from? Which city/state?
Why doesn't Travis want to keep Old Yeller?
Travis was mad about another dog taking Bell's place. Old Yeller was a thief.
What is Travis's little brother's name? How old is he?
What was Travis' job while his father was not at home?
His job is to act like he was the dad and take care of his family and the farm.
What do Old Yeller and Travis do that helps to them become friends?
Travis starts to take Old Yeller hunting with him.
Why is Mama agreeing with Arliss to keep Old Yeller?
Travis had Bell when he was a child, so she thought it would be good for Arliss.
Who is Jumper?
It's the family's mule.
When was Fred Gibson born?
February 7, 1908
When did Fred Gibson die?
August 14, 1973
What does Travis want instead of another dog?
He wants a horse.
What makes Travis finally like Old Yeller?
Old Yeller saves Arliss from the mother bear.
Who is Burn Sanderson?
He's the real owner of Old Yeller, the one who tells Travis about the hydrophobia being in different wild animals in the Salt Licks.
What happens between Old Yeller and the final group of hogs Travis needed to mark?
The hogs hurt old Yeller very badly. His insides/guts were coming out of his stomach.
What does Elisabeth give Travis while he is recovering?
She gives him a speckled puppy that was one of Old Yeller's sons.
What sick animal attacks Old Yeller, and later on make Travis kill him?
A rabid wolf attacks Old Yeller.
What does Momma use to stich up Old Yeller?
She uses hair from Jumper's tail.
What does Papa bring back for Travis?
Papa brings him a horse.
What is another name for hydrophobia?
We know it as rabies.
What illness does the wolf give Old Yeller?
The wolf gives him hydrophobia.
Why isn't Travis interested in the horse his dad brings him?
He just wants Old Yeller back.
What is the setting of the Novel Old Yeller?
It's post(after) Civil War in Texas
Why does the wolf come to the farm?
He smells the burning cow hide.
What other books has Fred Gibson wrote?
He wrote "Big Bend" and "Three Dog Tales"
Was Old Yeller one of Gibson's best work?
Yes, it is considered his best piece.
Did Gipson finish college?
No, he dropped out so he could start making books.
What is the setting of the story?
It's set in the frontier of Texas in 1867 during pioneer times.
What happens when Arliss empties his pockets?
Usually a mess of insects and creatures alive or dead would be taken out (grasshoppers, worms, praying bugs, lizards), and once there was even a wadded up baby copperhead.
What does Travis mean when he says "that old yeller dog is going to make Arliss the biggest liar in Texas?"
Arliss says that he is the one catching all of the animals himself each day; he is really lying. Old Yeller catches them all.
How would you describe the relationship between Old Yeller and Arliss?
They have a great bond. They go out in the woods together each day.
What happens as a result of Arliss's grabbing the bear cub?
Its cries alert its mother, who comes to protect it.
How does the setting of this story influence the actions of its characters?
The frontier of Texas is mostly undeveloped during this time period (1867). The characters are always interacting with nature and wildlife.
What causes Old Yeller to attack the bear?
He does it to protect Arliss.
Why do you think Old Yeller risks his life for Arliss?
He would rather take the chance of being injured instead of his owner being hurt. He is loyal and loving.
Who is Lisbeth?
She is a little girl who works hard and cares for others.
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