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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did John do that was the last straw for Ruby?

2. Why did John Woodrow call Ruby a profane name?

3. Who is Jack's wife?

4. When they first met, what did Jack tell Ruby about her husband?

5. What does Jack always mess up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ruby cry when she found out that John Woodrow was dead?

2. What does Burr do for Jack, and how does this save his life?

3. What did Roland finally get arrested for?

4. What land did Jack turn down, and why?

5. How was Ruby not like Jack's mother?

6. Describe John's courting of Ruby and how he presented himself to her.

7. What kind of person was Tiny Fran?

8. What happened when Ruby's mother invited the migrant workers into the house for lunch?

9. What did Jack and Ruby think happens to the soul after death?

10. What happened to John Woodrow the night before Ruby and Jack met?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explore the theme of grief in its various forms as it appears throughout the story, e.g. Ruby's grief over the inability to have children, Jack's grief over the loss of his parents, Ruby's grief for leaving her family for John Woodrow, etc.

Essay Topic 2

After realizing her mistake for marrying John Woodrow, Ruby is too ashamed to return home. After waiting all night for Ruby's ghost to visit him, Jack is too ashamed to tell Burr and June why he is drinking in the morning and why the sheets are no longer on the bed. Explore these two character's feelings of shame and whether or not they are justified.

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of judgment throughout the novel, touching on:

a) Burr's judgment of Tiny Fran.

b) Mrs. Pitt and Sudie Bees conflicting judgments of the migrant workers.

c) Cecil's judgment regarding Ruby's soul.

Be sure to cite examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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