Bright and Morning Star Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 to ease her fear?

2. What does Sue feel in her face?

3. Why does Sue want Johnny-Boy to have some money?

4. What is one of the most consistent situations we read about in Sue's life?

5. When will Sue tell Johnny-Boy the meeting needs to be called off?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first thing the men do to Johnny-Boy after Sue arrives and why?

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

3. What does Johnny-Boy tell his mother about how he sees people?

4. What does Booker tell Sue about the sheriff and Johnny-Boy?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Sue feel about facing down the sheriff and what does she do?

10. What does Johnny-Boy do when Sue is standing near him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

We also see that, despite her son's beliefs, Sue still feels a great deal of hate and distrust with respect to white people.

1. Do you think Sue's feelings towards white people are justified?

2. Some people call the idea of minorities hating the majority "reverse prejudice." What do you think this means and do you believe it exist?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

"Bright & Morning Star" is a short story that explores the complex themes of racism and the wide reaches of a mother's love for her children.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. Compare the use of themes in this text with another story that you have read this year.

3. What other themes do you think might be used in this story? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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