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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. Why does the dog keep lazy watch?
(a) He is watching for Scratchy.
(b) He is occasionally kicked if he is in the way.
(c) He is a sheep herder at heart and always trying to herd.
(d) He is afraid of other animals.

2. What is the drummer doing?
(a) Practicing his shooting.
(b) Playing cards.
(c) Telling a story.
(d) Drinking too much.

3. What did the couple do before boarding the train?
(a) Bought a house.
(b) Got married.
(c) Had breadfast.
(d) Visited their mother.

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

5. Where did Jack once shoot Scratchy?
(a) In the leg.
(b) His arm.
(c) On his ear.
(d) In the foot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the man's face reddened?

2. Why does the bride become anxious?

3. What does a man in the bar tell the drummer about what is about to happen?

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

5. What does the man tell the drummer as he walks into the bar about what will happen in the town?

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. What is the symbolism of the little silver watch? Why did Jack by this for his bride? What is this a symbol of?

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

4. How is the bride described in the story?

5. The author describes the grassy plots across the street from the bar as looking like grass on a stage. What does this tell the reader about the times and entertainment?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Explain the significance of the Mexicans in the bar.

9. 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?

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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