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. Where is Sug at the beginning of the story?
2. What does Sue need to do with the clothes in the zinc wash tub?
3. Why does Sue protect her sons?
4. Why was one of Sue's sons arrested a year ago?
5. What does Sue hear after she returns to her ironing after Reva left?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Reva do and what does she ask Sue?
2. What does the sheriff say to Sue as they come up to him?
3. What does Sue do after she finishes her ironing?
4. What happens to Sue first in the kitchen when she confronts who is in her house?
5. What does Sue tell Booker eventually and how does she feel about it?
6. What does Sue resolve to do as they take her to the sheriff?
7. How does Sue react to Reva's thoughts on the situation?
8. Who comes into the house and what does she say?
9. What does Sue do when she feels she wants to be alone?
10. What happens when Booker comes into the clearing?
Essay Topic 1
Sue senses that this will be the last opportunity she will have to spend time with her son, she says "to see him now was to say good-bye. But it was a good-bye she knew she could never say; they were not that way toward each other." From this, we can surmise that, while Sue may not outwardly demonstrate her love for her son, it nonetheless exists.
1. Why do you think Sue and her son are unable to demonstrate their love for each other? Use examples from your experience or knowledge to support your answer.
2. How does your family express love to each other? Use examples to support your answer.
3. Do you think it is better that family members show their love for each other or is it too difficult to do? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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