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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. Who are the people in Sue's house?
2. Where does Sue find people in her house?
3. By what is Sue consumed?
4. What does the Sheriff do when he hears Sue yell at him?
5. What does Sue do after she shuts the door?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the other men with the sheriff respond to what she says to him?
2. What did Sue's mother instill in her and how was that tested?
3. How does Sue reply when the men ask her why she is there?
4. What does the sheriff say to Sue as they come up to him?
5. What does Sue do when she feels she wants to be alone?
6. What does Sue realize about Johnny-Boy and his work?
7. What does Sue do with the gun and where does she go? What does she see as she approaches?
8. What happens with Sue soon after the sheriff left?
9. What do Reva and Sue wonder about concerning the sheriff?
10. What is Sue told when she said she'd come for Johnny-Boy's body? How does she respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Sue wakes up with the realization that someone is in her house she goes to the kitchen. The sheriff approaches and tells Sue that he is there to help her.
1. Given the era and setting of this story do you think it is likely the sheriff is telling the truth? Why or why not? Use examples from the story to support your answer.
2. Do you think that most officers of the law are honest, good people? Why or why not? Use examples from your life or knowledge to support your answer.
3. If you woke in the middle of the night and people were in your house, what would you do? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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