Cash: The Autobiography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why did Johnny always wear the color in #47?

2. How old was Johnny when he married for the first time?

3. What beautiful sight did Johnny remember from living on the farm?

4. How many times was Johnny in prison?

5. How many children did Johnny have with his first wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What crime occurred at the Cash's Cinnamon Hill home one day in 1994?

2. What advice did Johnny get from a voice teacher and what did he wish he had learned about his voice?

3. What were the lyrics in Johnny's song "Man in Black" that described why he always wore black?

4. Who were Johnny's two wives and how many children did he have?

5. How did Johnny meet Sam Phillips of Sun Records and what was the first record he recorded?

6. What was Johnny's tour bus called and what did he say about being on the road?

7. What did Johnny recall about himself and the other musicians who shared the Sun recording label in the 1950s?

8. What did Johnny relate about the hard life of working in the cotton fields as a boy?

9. What was Johnny's perspective on the term "country"?

10. What example did Johnny give to try to eliminate the romantic notions of rural life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the impact that Johnny's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be a poor sharecropper's son in the 1930s in America? What stigmas did Johnny live with for his entire life? How did Johnny use his childhood experiences to make music that appealed to the downtrodden?

Essay Topic 2

The search for love is an important element in Johnny's life. How was Johnny treated as a child? How did he feel about his strained relationship with his father? Why did he get involved with drugs and alcohol? Was there a pattern in Johnny's destructive life choices? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the rural South in the mid-twentieth century. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? What belief system about Southern women was evident in June and her mother and sisters? Explain.

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