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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. Who waits on the couple when they eat?
(a) An African-American women.
(b) Young Harvey girls.
(c) The African-American wait staff.
(d) An older white gentleman they called "Mac."

2. What does the barkeeper sit on?
(a) A liquor case.
(b) A tree stump.
(c) A box.
(d) A ladder.

3. What is Scratchy known for?
(a) He is an excellent gunman.
(b) Being in a gang.
(c) Being the town drunk.
(d) Coming from the east coast.

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

5. What does the man tell the drummer as he walks into the bar about what will happen in the town?
(a) Scratchy will kill the dog."
(b) Scratchy will shoot up this bar."
(c) "Scratchy will shoot up everyon in the town."
(d) "For the next few hours this town won't be a health resort."

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Jack remain so secretive?

2. How many minutes before the train arrives in Yellow Sky are the men talking in the bar?

3. What does the porter do when he sees them run from the train?

4. Why is the man's face reddened?

5. What is the bride's concern as she looks around the train car?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 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?

4. Describe the town. Detail the colors and textures as experienced by a visitor. Why do you think the story is set in this town?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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