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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. Where does the dog go to avoid Scratchy?
2. Scratcy's yelling is met by what on Main Street?
3. What orders about moving does Scratchy shoot at jack?
4. Why is Scratchy's face red?
5. How does Jack introduce his wife to Scratchy?
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. What is the dog a symbol of? What is the dog supposed to be in this story?
3. Does Scratchy introduce himself to Jack's new wife? Why? Why not? How does he feel when he realizes that he is confronted with Jack's wife?
4. What is the significance of the funnel-shaped tracks left by Scratchy's feet as he walks away from Jack and his wife?
5. What is Scratchy's reaction to Jack telling him that he's married?
6. When Jack thinks back to the Pullman and all its beauty, what is this a symbol of?
7. 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?
8. Scratchy is described as a "wonder" with a gun, and, even drunk, seems to have amazing command of his weapons. What do you think Scratchy would shoot like sober? Does this tell the reader something about the kind of gun-fighter he used to be?
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. Do you think the dog has been shot before? Why did he not move when he heard Scratchy coming up the street?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does the couple run home? Why do they not want to see anybody on the way? What are they afraid will happen?
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
Compare the new train station and wooden platform with the old town. Why is the train station new? What does this tell the reader about progress in the town of Yellow Sky?
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