Bright and Morning Star Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 ask Sue about the meeting?

2. What does the sheriff tell Sue?

3. What happens when Johnny-Boy dozes off?

4. What does Sue tell Johnny-Boy about Reva?

5. What does Sue see one of the men in her house do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Sue first in the kitchen when she confronts who is in her house?

2. How does Johnny-Boy feel about his mother pushing him?

3. What does Sue do when she wakes with someone in her house?

4. What does Sue do after she finishes her ironing?

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

6. How does Sue feel about facing down the sheriff and what does she do?

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

8. What does Sue think about her sons?

9. What kind of work does Sue start to do after looking out the window? What does she wish for as she works?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fact that the story takes place on a cold, rainy night is significant in that it represents the despair that Sue has endured thus far in her life.

1. Why might the weather be symbolic of the tone of the story? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. What is symbolism in a story and how does the author use it to convey undertones of meaning?

3. Do you think symbolism makes a story more interesting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

We also see that, despite her son's beliefs, Sue still feels a great deal of hate and distrust with respect to white people.

1. Do you think Sue's feelings towards white people are justified?

2. Some people call the idea of minorities hating the majority "reverse prejudice." What do you think this means and do you believe it exist?

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