Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Sue's life thus far has been punctuated by untimely losses; the tragic death of her mother, the untimely death of her husband and Sug's recent incarceration have all combined to essentially strip away everyone that is important to her, except Johnny-Boy.
1. What do you think would be the normal reaction to so much loss in life? Use examples support your answer.
2. Thinking about your life, your parents, siblings and friends, how would your life change if you had lost at least three of those people?
3. Discuss a death you have had in your life or in the life of someone you know.
Before Sue leaves, she goes into Johnny-Boy's bedroom to get the gun that he keeps in his dresser drawer.
1. Do you think Sue is wrong to take a gun with her?
2. If you were in Sue's position would you have taken the gun? Why or why not?
3. Sue seems to believe the only way she can help her son is to kill Booker. Explain why you do or do not believe this is true.
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.
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