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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 does Jack remind Scratchy of when he picks up his suitcase to part?
2. The long revolvers on Scratchy's hands are as easy as what?
3. How does the author describe the walking pattern of the couple heading toward home?
4. Since nobody is opening the door to the bar, where does Scratchy decide to go?
5. What color shirt is Scratchy wearing?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author describe the gunman's anger? Describe the muscles in his neck. What are they doing? How does he look?
2. Why does the couple walk quickly to get to Jack's house? What are they afraid of? If they had not been so afraid, could they have avoided trouble?
3. Why would Jack not carry a gun on the day he is married?
4. What is Apache scalp music? Why does Scratchy walk to Jack's house humming this music?
5. What is Scratchy's reaction to Jack telling him that he's married?
6. When the bride and groom round the corner and meet Scratchy, what is Jack about to do? How would this scene have been different if Scratchy hadn't been there?
7. 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?
8. Do you think the dog has been shot before? Why did he not move when he heard Scratchy coming up the street?
9. Why does Jack remind Scratchy that he didn't make the trouble?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is described that the man sits on the train with one hand on each knee like he's waiting for a barber. What does the author mean by this? What is he trying to tell the reader about the character? How would the man usually sit if he were a regular traveler?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
What is the difference between this story and other westerns? Who is the villain? Who is fighting the villain? Without a foe, where can this story go?
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