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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 does the porter view the couple on the train?
(a) With an air of superiority.
(b) Lilke he is confused.
(c) Abruptly.
(d) Sweetly.

2. Where does the barkeeper put the drummer?
(a) Behind a table.
(b) Outside in back.
(c) At the door as a lookout.
(d) Behind the bar.

3. Who has never been on a train before?
(a) The judge.
(b) The bride.
(c) The porter.
(d) The groom.

4. What does a man in the bar tell the drummer about what is about to happen?
(a) "Someone will die."
(b) "Scratchy will pass out on the porch of the bar."
(c) "Jack will arrive and shoot Scratchy."
(d) "There is going to be some shooting."

5. How much will the meal cost the couple on the train?
(a) A dollar.
(b) Ten cents.
(c) Five dollars.
(d) Twenty-five dollars.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the only person who will fight Scratchy?

2. At first, the drummer refuses to come behind the bar. Why?

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

4. What does the porter do to make the exit from the train easier?

5. When put in a safe place, what is the drummer sitting on?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. Explain the significance of the character of the drummer?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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