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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 the sheriff do when Sue doesn't answer all his questions?

2. Of what is Sue proud?

3. Where is Johnny-Boy at the beginning of the story?

4. What does Sue do while Johnny-Boy is eating?

5. What does Sue do when Johnny-Boy gets ready to leave the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Johnny-Boy do when Sue is standing near him?

2. How do the other men with the sheriff respond to what she says to him?

3. What does Booker do when Sue recognizes him?

4. What is making Sue anxious?

5. What does Booker tell Sue as she struggles to her feet?

6. What does Reva do and what does she ask Sue?

7. What did Sue's mother instill in her and how was that tested?

8. How does Sue respond to Johnny-Boy's defense?

9. What does Johnny-Boy tell his mother about how he sees people?

10. What does the sheriff do when Sue doesn't respond to his second request?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While it may seem inconceivable for a mother to stand by and watch her son be tortured, Sue knows that the emotional pain her son would feel if the other members of the party were seized would be far greater. And so, out of love for her son, she stands quietly by and does not respond to the sheriff's demands.

1. Do you think Sue was right or wrong to worry about her son's emotional pain? Why or why not?

2. How does Sue demonstrate her strength as she stands by while her son is tortured?

3. Do you think you could have done what Sue did? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

As the crowbar breaks his legs, Johnny-Boy turns his face away from his mother. A few moments later, he turns back to her and asks her to leave.

1. Why do you think Johnny-Boy turned his face away from his mother?

2. Why do you think Johnny-Boy asks Sue to leave?

3. Do you think Sue should have done as her son asked? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sue senses that this will be the last opportunity she will have to spend time with her son, she says "to see him now was to say good-bye. But it was a good-bye she knew she could never say; they were not that way toward each other." From this, we can surmise that, while Sue may not outwardly demonstrate her love for her son, it nonetheless exists.

1. Why do you think Sue and her son are unable to demonstrate their love for each other? Use examples from your experience or knowledge to support your answer.

2. How does your family express love to each other? Use examples to support your answer.

3. Do you think it is better that family members show their love for each other or is it too difficult to do? Why or why not?

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