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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 Sue do after she shuts the door?

2. What's the first thing Sue tells Reva to do when she comes inside?

3. How does Johnny-Boy feel when his mother keeps talking at him?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sue told when she said she'd come for Johnny-Boy's body? How does she respond?

2. What does Sue do for several hours after the sheriff leaves?

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

4. What do Reva and Sue wonder about concerning the sheriff?

5. How does Sue feel and what does she tell Booker when he offers to help her?

6. What did Sue's mother instill in her and how was that tested?

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

8. What is making Sue anxious?

9. What does Sue think about her sons?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Sue wakes up with the realization that someone is in her house she goes to the kitchen. The sheriff approaches and tells Sue that he is there to help her.

1. Given the era and setting of this story do you think it is likely the sheriff is telling the truth? Why or why not? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. Do you think that most officers of the law are honest, good people? Why or why not? Use examples from your life or knowledge to support your answer.

3. If you woke in the middle of the night and people were in your house, what would you do? Why?

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

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?

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