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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. In what branch of the military did Johnny serve?

2. Which songwriter offered Johnny and his group a song?

3. Who were the members of the Tennessee Two?

4. In what type of fields did Johnny work as a boy?

5. What did Johnny learn from the vocal teacher?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Rick Rubin and what was his collaboration with Johnny?

2. Who were the Highwaymen and how was the group formed?

3. What was the difference in feeling that Johnny had about his father and mother?

4. What was Johnny's "Man in White" project?

5. What did Johnny say about the friendship between the young musicians he knew during the 1950s?

6. What did Johnny do on stage during a concert he played with June Carter in 1961 and what was the state of their relationship after that?

7. What was the "Chicken in Black" and how did it fit into Johnny's failing record career?

8. What were Johnny's parents' differing opinions of his music and how did they spur him on to success?

9. What did Johnny say about his first wife, Vivian's, opinion of his musician's lifestyle?

10. What were the three questions Johnny was always asked in interviews and what were his responses?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the cultural climate in America in the mid 1950s and why the time was right for Johnny's music to emerge. What were the trends in America at the time? How did Johnny differentiate himself from other young musicians coming out onto the music scene at that time?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does Johnny mean by calling it CASH: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY? What is he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of June Carter Cash. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

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