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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 is the bride's concern as she looks around the train car?
(a) The danger.
(b) The reflective mirrors.
(c) Tripping over her dress.
(d) Money.

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

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

4. Where did the man buy the pocket watch?
(a) In Dallas.
(b) In San Antonio.
(c) In Yellow Sky.
(d) In New York.

5. What does the porter do to make the exit from the train easier?
(a) He calls the station master for the luggage.
(b) He steps down first and lifts the bride down.
(c) He holds the new bride's hand.
(d) He puts a small step down on the platform.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the man say who enters the bar?

2. What is Scratchy like when he is sober?

3. How do the men in the bar know Scratchy is approaching?

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

5. When the man comes to the door of the bar with his warning, what does the drummer ask him to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the drummer's reaction to Jack's job? Do you get the sense that this is unusual for the drummer? He is a traveling man, but is not prepared for this. What does this say about the town of Yellow Sky?

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

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

4. The groom mentions the price of $1.00 for a meal and the bride is astonished at the high price, worrying that they may not be able to afford such an extravagance. What does this tell us about the bride and groom.

5. 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?

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

7. How does the author describe the man at the railway station? What does his description tell us about the weather that day?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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