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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. What happens to the husband as they approach Yellow Sky?
(a) He becomes restless.
(b) He starts crying.
(c) He begins to pace.
(d) He has a nervous laugh.

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

3. What does the train need to do when it reaches the station?
(a) Load more firewood.
(b) Cool off.
(c) Replenish the coal.
(d) Take on water.

4. What color is the bride's dress?
(a) Tan.
(b) White.
(c) Cream.
(d) Blue.

5. What does the couple do when they exit the train?
(a) They run.
(b) They get to their carriage and ride away.
(c) They slink away.
(d) They mount horses and gallop away.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What kind of gloom sets in the bar?

3. What is Scratchy like when he is drunk?

4. How does the porter view the couple on the train?

5. How many men are in the bar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the drummer's reaction to Jack's job? Do you get the sense that this is unusual for the drummer? He is a traveling man, but is not prepared for this. What does this say about the town of Yellow Sky?

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

3. 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?

4. Explain the role of the African-American porters in this story. How do they regard the couple? Why? Is this alluding to a reverse of racial attitudes of the times?

5. What is the author telling us by the use of the word "ain't" by the bride?

6. Why does Jack refer to his wife as "girl?" What does this tell us about him? Is this an endearment? Why? Why not?

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

8. 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?

9. The groom mentions the price of $1.00 for a meal and the bride is astonished at the high price, worrying that they may not be able to afford such an extravagance. What does this tell us about the bride and groom.

10. 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?

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