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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 can be seen beyond the Rio Grande?
(a) Yellow rocks.
(b) The river basin.
(c) The mountains.
(d) Plum colored mesquite.

2. On their wedding day, where does the couple eat?
(a) In Yellow Sky.
(b) Sack lunches on the train.
(c) In San Antonio.
(d) In the dining car.

3. How does the man who informs the crowd in the bar describe Scratchy?
(a) "He's making so much noise he spooked my horse."
(b) "He's gripping his guns with gusto!"
(c) "He's turned loose with both hands."
(d) "He's locked and loaded today."

4. Why does the bride become anxious?
(a) She is afraid to live in a small town.
(b) She picks up on Jack's nervousness.
(c) She can't find her small overnight bag.
(d) She spilled some food on her dress.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the barkeeper's dog?

2. What time is it when the bride looks at her pocket watch?

3. What is the name of the train?

4. What does the station-agent do when he sees Jack?

5. What is Scratchy like when he is sober?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. How does Scratchy react to the closed door of the Weary Gentleman? Is this a ritual? Has this happened before?

4. When Jack thinks back to the Pullman and all its beauty, what is this a symbol of?

5. What is Scratchy's reaction to Jack telling him that he's married?

6. Scratchy is described as a "wonder" with a gun, and, even drunk, seems to have amazing command of his weapons. What do you think Scratchy would shoot like sober? Does this tell the reader something about the kind of gun-fighter he used to be?

7. When Jack encounters Scratchy, does he show fear? Why do you think that?

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

9. Why would Jack not carry a gun on the day he is married?

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

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