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

2. What do the objects across the street from the bar resemble?
(a) The blue of the ocean.
(b) The grass on the theater stage.
(c) The yellow of a cliff.
(d) The vastness of the desert.

3. How does the couple feel about each other?
(a) They are strangers.
(b) They are in love.
(c) They are poilite to each other.
(d) They really don't like each other.

4. How many times does the train stop while traveling across the state?
(a) Four.
(b) Six.
(c) Ten.
(d) Two.

5. What does the man tell the drummer as he walks into the bar about what will happen in the town?
(a) "Scratchy will shoot up everyon in the town."
(b) Scratchy will shoot up this bar."
(c) "For the next few hours this town won't be a health resort."
(d) Scratchy will kill the dog."

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the dog keep lazy watch?

2. What is Scratchy known for?

3. Why does the man on the platform not notice Jack and his wife?

4. What does the man say who enters the bar?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Texas as viewed from the train.

3. Describe the town. Detail the colors and textures as experienced by a visitor. Why do you think the story is set in this town?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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.

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

9. How does the author describe the man at the railway station? What does his description tell us about the weather that day?

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

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