1. Describe a time you wanted something badly and had to work persistently to get it. What was the thing you wanted and what did you have to do to get it?
2. When Billy heads to Tahlequah to get his dogs, the town people make fun of him for his "hillbilly" appearance. Describe a time you felt different, or on the "outside."
3. What role do you feel the setting has played in the novel so far? Cite examples from the text.
4. The following paragraph from chapter 6 is a strong example of a central theme explored in Where the Red Fern Grows: "I looked up again to the names carved in the tree. yes, it was all there like a large puzzle. Piece by piece, each fit perfectly until the puzzle was complete. It could not have happened without the help of an unseen power."
In your opinion, what is this central theme? Where else has the author explored this theme in the book? Cite examples from the text.