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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 are the people of Yellow Sky unaware of regarding Jack's life?
(a) That he is older than they think.
(b) That he is quiting his job.
(c) That his dad was a cattle rustler.
(d) That he is married.

2. What do the Mexicans do for a living?
(a) Rustlers.
(b) Sheep herders.
(c) Farmhands.
(d) Cow herders.

3. As Scratchy approaches, one man gestures toward the barkeep for something. What does he want?
(a) A drink.
(b) A rifle.
(c) Another gun.
(d) A clean glass.

4. In the drummer's story, what was the woman carrying up the stairs?
(a) Wood.
(b) Her shoes.
(c) Linens.
(d) Coal.

5. What is across the street from the bar?
(a) Green grass plots.
(b) The train station.
(c) A rock ledge.
(d) The river.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jack plan to tell the community of his news?

2. What do all the men in the bar do as Scratcy approaches?

3. How many rows of waiters were in the dining car?

4. What did the couple do before boarding the train?

5. What is the name of the train?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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 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?

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

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. Describe Texas as viewed from the train.

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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