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 happened to the letters Margaret received from Charles while he was in Korea?

2. What did Rick's father teach him that helped him get to his job as a reporter even though many saw him as a loser?

3. What sickness killed Rick's father?

4. What caused Margaret to lose her job as a cotton picker?

5. What did Rick and Uncle Ed both acknowledge early on about Rick's future?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the stories that Rick would tell in the book that he had covered as a reporter?

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

3. How did Rick feel about his high school years as he looked back on them?

4. What story did Rick tell about his cowboy boots?

5. Why does Rick miss his grandmother's death?

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

7. Why did the boys feel so out of place in their new home that their father moved them to when Rick was six?

8. What does Rick choose to believe about his father's neglect and abuse of his family?

9. What kind of a father did Rick have?

10. What did Rick come to realize at the Fraternity Christmas Party, and how did he feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Margaret had some small pictures of Charles which Rick looked at now and again as a boy. At one point he said, "It hurts my eyes to look at them for long." Explain the quote in regard to Rick's relationship to his father.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the quote found on page 98: "But what really kills you on that other side are the people--the smiling, care-free people--who can just as easily look over into your side, and turn their face away." Explain it in terms of the memoir and the truism in life.

Essay Topic 3

Thirty years later, Rick went back to see the big house that he once lived in. It was renovated. Rick wanted to scream when he saw it. Explain why he would want to scream at a beautiful house.

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