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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 did Sue's mother instill in her?
2. What has the sheriff discovered that has him upset?
3. What does Johnny-Boy do after eating?
4. When Sue continues to refuse to answer the Sheriff's questions, what does he do?
5. What did Sue see as taking precedence over her life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kind of work does Sue start to do after looking out the window? What does she wish for as she works?
2. What happens as Sue rises to her feet?
3. What does Sue do after she finishes her ironing?
4. Who does Sue hear coming in shortly after she finishes her ironing and what does she feel?
5. What is the weather like in the beginning of this story and what is Sue thinking about as she looks out the window?
6. What is the first thing the men do to Johnny-Boy after Sue arrives and why?
7. What does the sheriff say to Sue as they come up to him?
8. Why can't Sue quit worrying about her son?
9. What does Johnny-Boy do when Sue is standing near him?
10. What does Booker tell Sue about the sheriff and Johnny-Boy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Another character we meet in this section is a young woman named Reva. We don't learn very much about her here or in the rest of the story, only that she is white and in love with Johnny-Boy.
1. How do you think a relationship between a African American man and white woman would have caused problems in the era in which this story takes place?
2. Do you think that inter-racial relationships are more accepted today than when this story took place? Why or why not?
3. With some research find a true incident in history of a African American man and white woman marriage and what happened in their lives.
Essay Topic 3
When Sue tells one of the men that she is sure her son will eventually be killed, the man tells her that his life can be spared if he gives them the names of his comrades. Sue replies that she knows her son will not do this and so she is prepared for his death.
1. How did you respond to Sue's handling of this part of the situation?
2. Do you think this behavior on Sue's part is realistic in the real world? Why or why not?
3. If your child's life was at stake what would you do in Sue's position?
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