Blue Highways: A Journey Into America Test | 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 do Barbara and William talk about over lunch?

2. What is the occupation of the male relative William wants to learn more about?

3. What is advertised on the business card that Mr. Watkins gives to William?

4. What is one thing Mrs. Watkins likes to have for breakfast, according to Mr. Watkins?

5. What color suspenders does William wear while on his journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does William tell the reader about the Natchez Trace Parkway?

2. Who surprises William in Portal Paradise?

3. How does William describe Johnson City?

4. What are blue highways?

5. Describe the weather conditions as William drives across the Appalachian Mountains.

6. What happens when William sleeps in his van on the campus of East Carolina University?

7. What does William learn from meeting James Walker and Charles Davis?

8. What history does William learn when he visits Ninety Six, South Carolina?

9. What does William learn from Claud Tyler in Dime Box, Texas?

10. What is the reaction when William orders a chocolate milkshake near Frenchman, Nevada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What Indian history does William learn about during his journey? Why are the Hopi Indians reluctant to talk with William when he is on the reservation? How does he learn about Hopi ways from Kendrick Fritz in a non-Indian setting?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze William's role as a teacher of America's history. In what way does he provide this information? Is he successful in capturing your attention? How so? Provide several examples of historical information you gained through William's narrative.

Essay Topic 3

What are blue highways? Why did William choose these roads to travel across America? What does he mean when he says that the a man can lose himself on these highways in a metaphorical sense?

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