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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 do the Mexicans do for a living?
(a) Cow herders.
(b) Sheep herders.
2. On their wedding day, where does the couple eat?
(a) Sack lunches on the train.
(b) In San Antonio.
(c) In Yellow Sky.
(d) In the dining car.
3. What happens to the husband as they approach Yellow Sky?
(a) He becomes restless.
(b) He starts crying.
(c) He has a nervous laugh.
(d) He begins to pace.
4. Why does the man on the platform not notice Jack and his wife?
(a) He is getting the water for the train.
(b) He is loading wood for the train.
(c) He is asleep.
(d) He is shoveling coal for the train.
5. What is the reaction of the Mexicans in the bar when they hear about Scratchy?
(a) They go to the back of the bar.
(b) They exit the bar.
(c) They get behind the bar.
(d) They turn the table over and take cover behiind it.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the man who informs the crowd in the bar describe Scratchy?
2. What kind of gloom sets in the bar?
3. What do the objects across the street from the bar resemble?
4. What is across the street from the bar?
5. In the drummer's story, what was the woman carrying up the stairs?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. 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?
3. How quickly do you think this couple made the decision to be married?
4. Why is it important to know that the bride is neither pretty nor young?
5. Jack sits with a hand on each knee like a man waiting for a barber to cut his hair. What does this tell us about Jack?
6. Explain the significance of the Mexicans in the bar.
7. 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?
8. What is the dog a symbol of? What is the dog supposed to be in this story?
9. What does the stillness and silence of the city signify? Why does the author state that the silence was like the "arch of a tomb" over Scratchy's head?
10. Describe Texas as viewed from the train.
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