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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Sue say when Reva asks if Johnny-Boy came home?
2. What is likely to happen if people show up at the meeting?
3. What does Booker again ask Sue?
4. What does the Sheriff want Sue to do?
5. About what is Sue certain?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
The sheriff then asks Sue where the meeting is supposed to be held. Sue refuses to tell them and so the sheriff once again threatens to kill Johnny-Boy. Despite the fact that she knows her son will almost certainly die, Sue is proud of her defiance, pride and strength.
1. Would you agree that what Sue did was an act of pride and strength? Why or why not?
2. How far would you be willing to go to protect people if you belonged to a group that was against the law? Explain what you would do and why you would chose it.
3. Do you think that Sue being willing to let them kill her son to protect his comrades is the sign of a bad mother? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Sue realizes that she does not fully subscribe to her sons' Communist beliefs, she knows that the Party is extremely important to them.
1. Communism as an ideal seems to be a just and compassionate system of government. The reality is far from the ideal. Why do you think that is true?
2. Do you think that everyone should have access to benefits such as food, clothing, shelter and health care, whether rich or poor? Why or why not?
3. After doing some research of the McCarthy era in America, do you think the U.S. government had the right to persecute people who believed communism was a good system for a society? Why or why not?
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