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 river runs by the town of Yellow Sky?

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

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

4. What can be seen from the train window?

5. How many men are in the bar?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the character of the town of Yellow Sky. What is Jack's position in the town? How is he viewed by others?

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

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

7. When seated behind the bar, the barkeeper seems quite comfortable with this situation. Why?

8. 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?

9. Describe Texas as viewed from the train.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the scenery out the train window and the encounter with Scratchy at the end of the story have in common? What does each scene tell us about the future of the Old West?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare the fittings on the train with the fittings on the armor under the bar. What are the similarities? Differences? Why do you think the author described the fittings under the bar so carefully?

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