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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 part of the country are Scratchy's boots from?
2. Scratchy fumes at Jack's house like what?
3. Scratcy's yelling is met by what on Main Street?
4. What does Scratchy think about what Jack has to say?
5. What does Scratchy do when he sees Jack?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Scratchy's reaction to Jack telling him that he's married?
2. When Jack encounters Scratchy, does he show fear? Why do you think that?
3. Why does Jack remind Scratchy that he didn't make the trouble?
4. What does the stillness and silence of the city signify? Why does the author state that the silence was like the "arch of a tomb" over Scratchy's head?
5. 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?
6. Judging from the bride's reaction, do you think she's ever been faced with anything like this before? Why? Why not? What does this tell the reader about her home in San Antonio?
7. 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?
8. What is the dog a symbol of? What is the dog supposed to be in this story?
9. 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?
10. The author writes that Jack's house looks at Scratchy like a great stone god. What is the symbolism of this?
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 clues in the story give you the idea that the couple knew each other well? How do they appear comfortable with each other? What do they already know about each other? What gives you the idea that they have written to each other for some time?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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