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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 songwriter offered Johnny and his group a song?

2. What boyhood friend did Johnny recall while driving toward Northern California one day?

3. Where did Johnny get his love of music?

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

5. What disease did the person in #39 have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where did the Cash family move in 1934?

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

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

Describe the overall setting and time period for Johnny's childhood. What was America like during this time period? What was the American South like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Johnny, his family and friends?

Essay Topic 3

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

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