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. On what show did Johnny and his band perform in 1955?

2. What genre of book is CASH?

3. What was the name of Johnny's tour bus?

4. To what country could Johnny Cash trace his family origins?

5. What was Johnny Cash's grandfather's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tragedy befell the Cash family regarding Johnny's older brother, Jack?

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

3. Who were "The Tennessee Two" and how did Johnny meet up with them?

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

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

6. What explanation did Johnny give for not performing Kris Kristofferson's song "City of New Orleans"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Substance abuse seemed to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive was the abuse? Why did it have such a prevalent place in Johnny's? How did it affect him? How does it affect those impacted by Johnny's abuse? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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