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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 defining features do Scratchy's boots have?
2. Why does Scratchy feel he has the right to shoot Jack?
3. What does Scratchy do to scare the dog?
4. How does Scratchy get to Jack's house?
5. The knowledge of Jack's marriage reduces Scratchy to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. 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?
3. What is Apache scalp music? Why does Scratchy walk to Jack's house humming this music?
4. The author writes that Jack's house looks at Scratchy like a great stone god. What is the symbolism of this?
5. What is Scratchy's reaction to Jack telling him that he's married?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. The author alludes to fighting 200 Mexicans. What does this tell us about the history of Yellow Sky?
9. When Scratchy says, "there ain't a man his Texas that don't have a gun" do you think that's true? Think back to the scene in the bar. Did everyone have a gun?
10. What is the significance of the funnel-shaped tracks left by Scratchy's feet as he walks away from Jack and his wife?
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
What does the appearance of the bride and groom tell the reader about their wedding? What information does the author give us about the couple's wedding morning? Do you think they wore the clothes they have on in the train to be married? Why? Why not? How much luggage is the couple traveling with? What does this tell us?
Essay Topic 3
From the information given in the story, where do you think Scratchy is from? What does the story tell us about his childhood? What clues does the author give us about his past with the gang?
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