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The Red Pony Teaching Unit
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- There are numerous human characters in The Red Pony, but only four seem to be in every section. Who are the four main characters of the novel? What are their relationships to each other?
- Billy Buck is presented in many different ways throughout the novel. These include: a father figure, worker, cowhand, son, and doctor. Examine the many roles Billy plays. Which do you think is the most important?
- The book is written in a limited omniscient, third person point of view. Why do you think Steinbeck chooses this style of narration?
- Gabilan appears twice in the novel. What is the symbolic reasoning behind this?
- Most of the novel focuses on events that occur on the Tiflin’s ranch. However, some events do take place off the ranch. How do the settings differ in their effect on the tone and mood of the novel?
- Discuss the relation between Billy Buck and Carl Tiflin. How does their relationship change in the course of the novel?
- Death is a recurring theme throughout the novel. Why do you think Steinbeck has his young protagonist face such harsh realities?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.
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