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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. Where is the train going?
(a) Dallas.
(b) Yellow Sky.
(c) San Antonio.
(d) Amarillo.

2. Why did the groom give the pocket watch to his new bride?
(a) As a wedding present.
(b) A welcome present when he met her.
(c) So she could keep time on the return trip home.
(d) So she would have some nice jewelry.

3. As the groom shows the bride the appointments of the train car, how is he acting?
(a) Like he is afraid.
(b) Too loud.
(c) Llike he is ignorant.
(d) Like the owner.

4. What does the porter do when he sees them run from the train?
(a) He frowns.
(b) He yells for the station master.
(c) He chuckles.
(d) He closes his eyes for a moment.

5. What does the man say who enters the bar?
(a) That Scratchy just came in on the train.
(b) That Jack is returning on the train.
(c) That Scratchy Wilson is drunk.
(d) That Jack's new bride has arrived.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reaction of the Mexicans in the bar when they hear about Scratchy?

2. How does the man who informs the crowd in the bar describe Scratchy?

3. Who is the only man on the train platform?

4. How many times does the train stop while traveling across the state?

5. What is Scratchy like when he is sober?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the bride described in the story?

2. 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?

3. Describe the bride's dress. Do you think this is her wedding dress? Why? Why not? Is this a dress she wears every day?

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 the reaction of the men in the bar to the news that Scratchy is on the loose? Do their actions seemed rehearsed? Why? Why not? What does this tell the reader about the town in general?

6. What is the drummer talking about at the opening of Chapter 3? What story is he telling? Do you think he does this often? Do you think he's told this story before? Why? Why not?

7. What do the fittings on the train symbolize for the couple?

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

9. Why is it important to know that the bride is neither pretty nor young?

10. What did Jack once do to Scratchy? Why is this important to the story? Do these men really feel that they cannot handle the situation without Jack, or do they just not want to?

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