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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Bright & Morning Star" is a short story that explores the complex themes of racism and the wide reaches of a mother's love for her children.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. Compare the use of themes in this text with another story that you have read this year.

3. What other themes do you think might be used in this story? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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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