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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. How many men are in the bar?
2. How does the man sit on the train?
(a) With his hand on his wife's hand.
(b) With his hands folded on his lap like he is praying.
(c) With one hand on each knee, like a man waiting for a barber.
(d) With his legs crossed.
3. When the drummer first hears the news of Scratchy, where does he stand?
(a) Against the bar.
(b) Against the wall.
(c) Against the door.
(d) Against the window.
4. What can be seen beyond the Rio Grande?
(a) The mountains.
(b) Yellow rocks.
(c) Plum colored mesquite.
(d) The river basin.
5. What does the couple do when they exit the train?
(a) They slink away.
(b) They run.
(c) They get to their carriage and ride away.
(d) They mount horses and gallop away.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the area under the bar made of?
2. How does the porter view the couple on the train?
3. When the bride is nervous, what does Jack tell her?
4. What does the man say who enters the bar?
5. Why is the man's face reddened?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why do all the men in the bar want to see Jack? What can he do that they can't? It appears nobody is really going to fight? Is there a real danger here?
3. What do the fittings on the train symbolize for the couple?
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. 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?
6. What is the symbolism of Jack's "brick colored" hands? What does this tell the reader about Jack?
7. How is the bride described in the story?
8. Why does the author say the bride has cooked before? What gives the reader the clue to her background?
9. At the opening of Chapter 2, describe the scene in the Weary Gentleman. What is the feeling? Is the town relaxed and pleasant? Why? Why not? What tensions do you feel at this point in the story?
10. What is Scratchy known for? What is his past?
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