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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. After Sue is on the floor again, what does the Sheriff do?

3. What does Johnny-Boy try to give his mother after dinner?

4. What does Sue tell Johnny-Boy about the meeting?

5. What does Sue feel in her face?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Booker do when Sue recognizes him?

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

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

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

6. What does Sue do about the admonishment from the men and what does the sheriff ask her?

7. What does Sue do when she feels she wants to be alone?

8. How does Sue see Booker when she comes to after the sheriff's beating?

9. How does Johnny-Boy respond to his mother's comments about his work?

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

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

When Sue says that she told Johnny-Boy what Reva had said earlier, Reva seems pleased and tells Sue that she knew everything would turn out fine. Hearing Reva's exuberance proves to be too much for Sue and she finds herself near tears. However, she also knows that she must remain strong for the young woman's sake and so she remains stoic.

1. Why do you think Sue believes she has to remain stoic?

2. Explain, using examples from the story the meaning of stoic.

3. Do you think it would be better for Sue to be honest with Reva? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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