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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. Even after joining the Communists, in what did Sue find comfort?

2. What did Sue begin to think the Communist Party's beginnings were like?

3. How did life seem to Sue after one of her sons went to jail?

4. What does Sue do after Johnny-Boy leaves?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What types of trials has Sue handled in her life thus far?

3. What does Sue do when her son falls asleep and what does she decide?

4. What is making Sue anxious?

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

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

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

8. What does Sue do with the gun and where does she go? What does she see as she approaches?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

We see another example of the conflict that has existed within Sue during this entire story as she once again reaches out to her Christian faith to help her complete this one last act in the name of the Communist Party.

1. Why do you think communism and Christianity are mutually exclusive?

2. Why do you think most communist governments try to repress religion?

3. What do you think is the reason Sue falls back on her Christian faith even though she doesn't seem to believe in it anymore?

Essay Topic 2

Sue spends the next several hours huddled over her stove contemplating all that has happened. She knows that she will likely never see either of her sons again.

1. Would you consider this a foreshadow? Why or why not?

2. Do you think that Sue's feelings about her son are justified or is it imagination due to a mother's fear? Why or why not?

3. Do you think that most parents worry that something will happen to their child whenever a child leaves the home? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sue realizes that she does not fully subscribe to her sons' Communist beliefs, she knows that the Party is extremely important to them.

1. Communism as an ideal seems to be a just and compassionate system of government. The reality is far from the ideal. Why do you think that is true?

2. Do you think that everyone should have access to benefits such as food, clothing, shelter and health care, whether rich or poor? Why or why not?

3. After doing some research of the McCarthy era in America, do you think the U.S. government had the right to persecute people who believed communism was a good system for a society? Why or why not?

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