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The Red Pony

The Red Pony


by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony: Quiz 2: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz Quiz

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Q. Why did Jody kill the buzzard?

Because the buzzard was chewing on Gabilan's eyeball and Jody was beside himself with grief.
Because the buzzard killed Gabilan and Jody was taking his sweet revenge.
Because Jody has always hated buzzards.
Because Carl told him to be a man and kill it.
Q. Why does Carl give his son the gift of a red pony?

Because Jody has been asking for a pony for years.
Because the pony store was fresh out of green ones.
Because Billy Buck is becoming unpredictable with the horses and he wants to train Jody to be his replacement.
Because he is a stern disciplinarian who believes a pony will teach Jody valuable life lessons.
Q. Why does Jody want to hear his Grandfather's stories of the great crossing and the Indians?

Because he finds his Grandfather's stories fascinating, and feels bad that Carl hurt the old man's feelings.
Because he doesn't want to do his chores.
Because he doesn't have TV.
All of the above.
Q. How does Gabilan die?

Jody puts him out of his misery with a shotgun.
The strangles
A buzzard kills him.
Saving Jody's life.
Q. In his mind, what is the manliest thing Grandfather ever did?

Lead his people west to California
Drank lemonade
Gave Jody a pony
Told stories