The Red Pony - Jeopardy Interactive Review

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Language Arts, History (depending upon the questions designed by the teacher)

Grade Level


Type of Activity

Large Group, Review, Cumulative


  • Students will review what they have learned from the novel.
  • Students will be prepared for an upcoming cumulative assessment on the novel.


This is a fun post-reading PowerPoint based activity where students have a chance to ask questions to answers based on the popular quiz show. Teachers can devise their own questions/answers (based on class discussions) and show the quiz program on a television or an LCD projector. See Jeopardy Interactive Game Board for a sample game that teachers can adapt.

Materials Needed/Preparation 

  • Computer and LCD projector or interactive white board.
  • Students have completed the novel.
  • Questions and answers have been created and entered into the PowerPoint (see slide 1 for detailed instructions).
    • It is highly suggested that a question and answer key be created and on hand during the game (see sample below). This will help when loading questions into the PowerPoint and will serve as a master copy for the teacher to use during the game.
  • Quiz show buzzer system (optional, see links below for suggestions).

Estimated Time 

1 class period


  • Depending on the class size, divide students into at least three groups.
  • Display the game board.
  • Read the categories to the class.
  • Determine which group chooses first.
  • Begin game play.
    • Refer to slide 1 of the PowerPoint (see Jeopardy Interactive Game Board for details on how to move through the game board, answers, and questions.
    • An electronic quiz show buzzer system would be ideal. However, students can “ring in” by raising a hand or with a noise maker; if using noise makers, use distinctly different ones for each group.
    • In order to get as many students as possible involved, consider requiring every student to give an answer.

Post Activity/Takeaways/Follow-up 

  • The main purpose of this activity is to help students review for a cumulative test on the novel. Students should come away from this activity better prepared for a test.
  • Follow-up with students who did not participate (or participated less than expected) to ensure that they are prepared for the test.


  • Take note of students who did not participate (or participated less than expected). This may be an indication that the student needs to prepare more thoroughly before the test.
  • This activity is meant to prepare for an assessment.

Common Core State Standards Met

  • Reading Standards for Literature 6-12
    • Craft and Structure: 4
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12
    • Craft and Structure: 4
  • Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
    • Craft and Structure: 4 

Additional Information 

  • If there is a budget available, simple buzzer systems can be used. Find examples here and here.
  • Sample Answer Key 




Figurative Language




Metal comb used to brush horses

“I’ll bring the kids to see him here this afternoon.”



Like a father and son though not related


Jody and Billy Buck’s relationship

“…their (buzzards) shadows slipped smoothly and quickly ahead of them.”


A repeating theme or event





Happy, cheerful

“He’s getting to be almost a trick pony.”


Carl Tiflin

Gabilan died from complications of this.



“He (Jody) was only a little boy…with hair like dusty yellow grass.”



A story about the moral and emotional development of usually a young child




Beginning to appear

“I have come back…I am _______, and I have come back.”



He directly tells this character his visit is not welcome.


Carl Tiflin, Gitano

“When they (Carl Tiflin and Billy Buck) disappeared over the crown of the ridge Jody walked up the hill…”



Death is generally symbolized by these two objects.


The black kettle under the cypress tree



A loose-noosed rope to catch animals

“He trained that pony as good as anybody I ever seen.”


Billy Buck

This is Billy Buck’s greatest sacrifice.


Killing Nellie to save the colt

Daily Double:

“…the oaks made a sound of restrained grieving.”


Jody’s grandfather is this person’s father.


Mrs. Tiflin



Part of a horse’s harness

“You’ve grown…nearly an inch, I should say.”



This character defends Grandfather’s lateness because it takes him a long time to dress.

Mrs. Tiflin

“…the winter streams scrambled noisily down the canyons.”



This is why Billy Buck will not enter the dining room first to eat.


He is not a member of the family.

Final Jeopardy

John Steinbeck won a Pulitzer Prize for this novel.


The Grapes of Wrath