The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reaction of the Mexicans in the bar when they hear about Scratchy?

2. Where did the old gang hang out?

3. As the groom shows the bride the appointments of the train car, how is he acting?

4. What does the couple not notice about the people waiting on them?

5. Where is the only person who will fight Scratchy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What does the drummer say to the man who comes to the door with the warning?

6. 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.

7. 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?

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. What is the symbolism of Jack's "brick colored" hands? What does this tell the reader about Jack?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What questions are left unanswered in this story? Think back to the first chapter. What is left unresolved? What questions are never answered? Can we answer them? Can we imagine what will happen next?

Essay Topic 2

How is this story like other westerns you've read? What is the same? What is different? What about the hero and the foe? How are they the same? Different? What about the ending? Did you expect this ending? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the drummer and his role in the story. Without the drummer and the barkeeper, how would the reader know what is about to take place? Can you imagine this scene without these two men talking?

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