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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. When does Sue shut the door after Johnny-Boy leaves?

2. What happens when Johnny-Boy dozes off?

3. With what does the Sheriff again threaten Sue?

4. What did Sue's mother instill in her?

5. What does Sue feel about Johnny-Boy after dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sue feel about Booker helping her and what does she do?

3. What do the men do after Sue shoots her gun and how does she feel in the end?

4. How does Reva feel about Sue's answers to her questions?

5. What does Sue realize about Johnny-Boy and his work?

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

7. What opinion does Sue express to her son about his work?

8. What is Sue asked as she rises to her feet?

9. Why can't Sue quit worrying about her son?

10. What does Sue first think she should do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sheriff then asks Sue where the meeting is supposed to be held. Sue refuses to tell them and so the sheriff once again threatens to kill Johnny-Boy. Despite the fact that she knows her son will almost certainly die, Sue is proud of her defiance, pride and strength.

1. Would you agree that what Sue did was an act of pride and strength? Why or why not?

2. How far would you be willing to go to protect people if you belonged to a group that was against the law? Explain what you would do and why you would chose it.

3. Do you think that Sue being willing to let them kill her son to protect his comrades is the sign of a bad mother? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Before Sue leaves, she goes into Johnny-Boy's bedroom to get the gun that he keeps in his dresser drawer.

1. Do you think Sue is wrong to take a gun with her?

2. If you were in Sue's position would you have taken the gun? Why or why not?

3. Sue seems to believe the only way she can help her son is to kill Booker. Explain why you do or do not believe this is true.

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