All Over but the Shoutin' Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rick Bragg
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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 city's bombing did Rick mention that he writes about?

2. What instrument did Rick's grandmother play?

3. What did Rick see at church that he stated was one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen?

4. In what era did Rick's parents grow up?

5. What does Rick say of the errors that occur in his story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of a man did Sam become, and what did Rick think about him?

2. Why did Rick go home in the Spring of 1994, and what did he write about the whole experience?

3. What was Margaret's family like growing up?

4. What were the times like when Rick grew up? Where was he born? When?

5. When did Rick choose to write this memoir and why?

6. What kind of work did the boys do for their Uncle Ed? What did Rick learn from this work? What did Sam learn from this work?

7. What kind of a father did Rick have?

8. What kind of an extended family does Rick have?

9. What did the poor black boy bring to Rick's family, and what does Rick think about it now that he is an older man?

10. At the early age of twenty where was Rick writing and what was he writing about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What drew Rick to spend his life writing stories about human tragedy? Did writing these types of stories resolve his inner issues? What did he learn about life from these stories?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the three brothers. How do their differences affect the choices that they make in life?

Essay Topic 3

The Susan Smith story made Rick feel hatred for the hopelessness of it all. What did he see as hopeless? What did Susan see in comparison? What lesson does Rick wish that he could have taught her before she killed her children?

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