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. Why did Margaret bury Rick's muddy sneakers?

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

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

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

5. What did momma lecture Rick about on the rare occasions that she lectured?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the relationship like between the brothers?

2. What did the Bragg men talk about on the front porch over whiskey after dinner?

3. Why didn't Margaret find another man to continue her life with as time passed and Charles did not return?

4. What did Rick experience at the Protestant Church that he attended when he is young?

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

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

7. Why does Rick say that anyone could write this book? Is that true?

8. How did false pride become an obstacle for Rick as a teenager?

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

10. What male influence did Rick and his brother's have in their lives?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Rick and his brothers to an average American household. How were the boys the same as others? How were they different? Mention not only material items but how they thought about themselves and how others thought about them.

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