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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 Jack remain so secretive?
(a) He doesn't want the town to know how much money he spent.
(b) Getting married so quickly is a scandal.
(c) He thinks his bride is not very pretty.
(d) He knows his bride is lower-class.

2. What does the porter do when he sees them run from the train?
(a) He yells for the station master.
(b) He closes his eyes for a moment.
(c) He chuckles.
(d) He frowns.

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

4. What does the man say who enters the bar?
(a) That Jack's new bride has arrived.
(b) That Jack is returning on the train.
(c) That Scratchy just came in on the train.
(d) That Scratchy Wilson is drunk.

5. What is the drummer feeling as danger approaches?
(a) Increasing bewilderment and anxiety.
(b) Bravery.
(c) A sense of fun.
(d) Terror.

Short Answer Questions

1. When put in a safe place, what is the drummer sitting on?

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

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

4. As Scratchy is approaching the bar, one man in the bar wishes Jack were home. How does he express that?

5. How many times does the train stop while traveling across the state?

Short Essay Questions

1. Upon encountering Scratchy what does Jack do that gives the reader the idea that he's been in tough spots before? What does he do by instinct alone?

2. What do the fittings on the train symbolize for the couple?

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

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. Explain the significance of the character of the drummer?

7. How quickly do you think this couple made the decision to be married?

8. 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?

9. Scratchy shoots twice and misses. Once at the paper and once at the dog. Do you think he misses the dog of purpose? Is he just trying to scare the dog? What about the paper?

10. 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?

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