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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. Why did Reva come to see Sue?

2. What does Sue tell the sheriff?

3. What does Sue tell the Sheriff about the meeting?

4. How does Sue earn her living?

5. What does Sue think the person in her house wants?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the sheriff do when Sue doesn't respond to his second request?

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

3. What happens as Sue rises to her feet?

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

5. What does the sheriff tell Sue and how does she respond?

6. Of what is Sue certain after she hears what Booker says about the sheriff?

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

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

9. What kind of work does Sue start to do after looking out the window? What does she wish for as she works?

10. What does Reva do and what does she ask Sue?

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. It also serves to create an ominous feeling that almost instantly gives the reader a sense that the story is not going to have a good outcome.

1. When you read the description of the weather at the beginning of the story did you have a sense of what the end might hold? Explain why or why not.

2. Do you think the weather was a type of foreshadowing? Why or why not?

3. Explain an ending to the story you might have expected if the beginning of the story had taken place on a warm, sunny day.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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