Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Proverbs and Adages activities
Comprehension Skill and
Look at the character's actions and responses to problems and other characters. This will help you understand the characters.
+author's word choice
Examine the language used in the story. Why do you think that the author selected certain words.
Dialect is spoken and written language. Dialect changes from one region of the country to another. My parents spent their childhood in the south. They used some words that were different than words used here.
What do you picture in your mind as you read the text?
How can dangerous situations bring people closer together?
Analyze the Text:
1. What inference does the author want the reader to draw about Travis's character?
2. How does he author build suspense in the last two paragraphs on page 211?
3. Look at the similes at the end of the fourth and sixth paragraphs. What do the comparisons to "the gobble of a wild turkey" and "a scared wolf" add to your understanding of Travis's character?
4. Why do you think that the author chose first-person point of view to tell this story?
5. The bear approaches Arliss. Contrast the actions of Arliss to those of Travis.
6. Based on his actions in this section of the story, how would characterize Old Yeller?
7. How does the author build the impression of several actions happening at the same time on page 215? Use quotes from the text to support your answer.
8. Why does Travis suddenly feel frightened again?
9. How does the first paragraph on page 217 connect the events before and after Travis left the spring hole?
10. Travis infers that Old Yeller thought that the fight with the bear was fun. What does Old Yeller do to lead Travis to make this inference?
11. List the details of the bear attack in the proper sequence. Start with Travis rushing to the water hole.
12. What does Travis mean when he says, "I knew then that I loved him as much as I did Mama and Papa, maybe in some ways even a little more"?
13. How do Travis's feelings for Arliss contribute to the theme of the story?