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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. By what is Sue consumed?

2. Of what is Sue proud?

3. How does Johnny-Boy see the people he encounters?

4. What has the sheriff discovered that has him upset?

5. What is she told after she speaks to the sheriff?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did life feel to Sue after Sug was arrested?

2. Who does Sue hear coming in shortly after she finishes her ironing and what does she feel?

3. What happens as Sue rises to her feet?

4. What is the first thing the men do to Johnny-Boy after Sue arrives and why?

5. What does the sheriff ask her about the meeting and what does he threaten?

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

7. What is Sue doing when she realizes someone is in her house and what does she know about it?

8. What does Sue do after Reva leaves?

9. What types of trials has Sue handled in her life thus far?

10. What is the weather like in the beginning of this story and what is Sue thinking about as she looks out the window?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sue realizes that she does not fully subscribe to her sons' Communist beliefs, she knows that the Party is extremely important to them.

1. Communism as an ideal seems to be a just and compassionate system of government. The reality is far from the ideal. Why do you think that is true?

2. Do you think that everyone should have access to benefits such as food, clothing, shelter and health care, whether rich or poor? Why or why not?

3. After doing some research of the McCarthy era in America, do you think the U.S. government had the right to persecute people who believed communism was a good system for a society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sue finally decides to go to the woods with a white sheet to retrieve her son's body.

1. What do you think the white sheet symbolizes in the story?

2. How do you think your mother or father would react in Sue's situation?

3. Why do you think Sue believes her son is dead? Does it seem morbid for a mother to go find her son with a sheet to wrap around his body? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In this section, we also see Sue handle the first of many decisions she will need to make during this story. Recall how, when deciding to tell Johnny-Boy about the potential for trouble, Sue decides to first wait until he has had his dinner and then delays even further by waiting until he has had a chance to rest.

1. Do you think Sue has a difficult time making decisions? Why or why not?

2. If you were in Sue's position, would you have handled the situation with Johnny-Boy the same way? If not, how would you have done it? If so, why?

3. Do you think procrastinating about almost any decision is a way of making a decision? Why or why not?

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