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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 Johnny-Boy at the beginning of the story?

2. Of what is Sue proud?

3. When is Johnny-Boy happiest?

4. What does the sheriff do when Sue doesn't answer all his questions?

5. What does Sue do when Johnny-Boy dozes off?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Sue resolve to do as they take her to the sheriff?

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

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

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

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

8. What do the men do after Sue shoots her gun and how does she feel in the end?

9. How does Sue react to Reva's thoughts on the situation?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Sue says that she told Johnny-Boy what Reva had said earlier, Reva seems pleased and tells Sue that she knew everything would turn out fine. Hearing Reva's exuberance proves to be too much for Sue and she finds herself near tears. However, she also knows that she must remain strong for the young woman's sake and so she remains stoic.

1. Why do you think Sue believes she has to remain stoic?

2. Explain, using examples from the story the meaning of stoic.

3. Do you think it would be better for Sue to be honest with Reva? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In this section, we also see Sue handle the first of many decisions she will need to make during this story. Recall how, when deciding to tell Johnny-Boy about the potential for trouble, Sue decides to first wait until he has had his dinner and then delays even further by waiting until he has had a chance to rest.

1. Do you think Sue has a difficult time making decisions? Why or why not?

2. If you were in Sue's position, would you have handled the situation with Johnny-Boy the same way? If not, how would you have done it? If so, why?

3. Do you think procrastinating about almost any decision is a way of making a decision? Why or why not?

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