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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Is giving Booker the names likely to change the outcome?
2. What does Sue tell the men the reason is for her being there?
3. What prevents Sue from killing anyone else after the first shot(s)?
4. What is the name of the person standing over her?
5. What does Reva ask about Johnny-Boy?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
As the crowbar breaks his legs, Johnny-Boy turns his face away from his mother. A few moments later, he turns back to her and asks her to leave.
1. Why do you think Johnny-Boy turned his face away from his mother?
2. Why do you think Johnny-Boy asks Sue to leave?
3. Do you think Sue should have done as her son asked? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Another character we meet in this section is a young woman named Reva. We don't learn very much about her here or in the rest of the story, only that she is white and in love with Johnny-Boy.
1. How do you think a relationship between a African American man and white woman would have caused problems in the era in which this story takes place?
2. Do you think that inter-racial relationships are more accepted today than when this story took place? Why or why not?
3. With some research find a true incident in history of a African American man and white woman marriage and what happened in their lives.
This section contains 2,215 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)