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. Which celebrity once told Johnny that "The higher up the ladder you get, the brighter your ass shines."?

2. What was the name of Johnny's band in the city in #52?

3. Which Sun label musician preached that the musicians were leading their fans to hell?

4. How many men were killed as a result of the crime at Johnny's Jamaican home?

5. What did Johnny's father think about his love of music?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did the Cash family move in 1934?

2. Where was Johnny born and what were the times like for the Cash family?

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

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

5. Who were Johnny's parents and in what year was Johnny Cash born?

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

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

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

9. What angst did Johnny suffer in the aftermath of the Cinnamon Hill robbery?

10. How did the song "Blue Suede Shoes" come to be written?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What impact did Johnny's estranged relationship with his father have on Johnny's life? What emotional wounds did Johnny suffer? How did the rejection by his father impact Johnny's relationships with other people? State your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, characters and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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