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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the drummer's story, what was the woman carrying up the stairs?
(a) Wood.
(b) Her shoes.
(c) Linens.
(d) Coal.

2. What does the porter do to make the exit from the train easier?
(a) He puts a small step down on the platform.
(b) He holds the new bride's hand.
(c) He calls the station master for the luggage.
(d) He steps down first and lifts the bride down.

3. What do the Mexicans do for a living?
(a) Sheep herders.
(b) Farmhands.
(c) Cow herders.
(d) Rustlers.

4. Why does the bride become anxious?
(a) She is afraid to live in a small town.
(b) She picks up on Jack's nervousness.
(c) She can't find her small overnight bag.
(d) She spilled some food on her dress.

5. What river runs by the town of Yellow Sky?
(a) Colorado.
(b) Missouri.
(c) Mississippi.
(d) Rio Grande.

Short Answer Questions

1. On their wedding day, where does the couple eat?

2. When the drummer wants to continue asking questions, what do the other men in the bar do?

3. What do other passengers on the train think of the couple?

4. Who is the only person who will fight Scratchy?

5. What does the couple do when they exit the train?

Short Essay Questions

1. Jack shows his new bride the train with the pride of an owner. He lavishes expensive (for them) meals upon her. What does this tell us about their relationship and their future marriage?

2. Describe Texas as viewed from the train.

3. What does the drummer say to the man who comes to the door with the warning?

4. When the barkeeper tells the drummer about Scratchy and his past, what do you think of the barkeeper? What does he really feel for Scratchy? What does Scratchy really feel for him?

5. What is Scratchy known for? What is his past?

6. Why does the man in the bar ask for a drink from the barkeeper and then swallow it down? Does this action seem out-of-place? Overly dramatic? Why? Why not?

7. Explain the significance of the Mexicans in the bar.

8. Why does the author say the bride has cooked before? What gives the reader the clue to her background?

9. The author describes the grassy plots across the street from the bar as looking like grass on a stage. What does this tell the reader about the times and entertainment?

10. When seated behind the bar, the barkeeper seems quite comfortable with this situation. Why?

(see the answer keys)

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