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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 is she told after she speaks to the sheriff?

2. What did Sue see as taking precedence over her life?

3. Who told Sue about what happened to her son who went to jail?

4. Who is Sue thinking about in the opening paragraphs of the story?

5. When is Johnny-Boy happiest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Booker tell Sue as she struggles to her feet?

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

3. What does Booker do when Sue recognizes him?

4. How did life feel to Sue after Sug was arrested?

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

6. What does Reva tell Sue?

7. What does the sheriff ask her about the meeting and what does he threaten?

8. What happens with Sue soon after the sheriff left?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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