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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. What disease did the person in #39 have?

2. In what American state did Johnny Cash's ancestors eventually settle?

3. Where was meat cured on the Cash farm?

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

5. What was the setting for the opening of CASH?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was the country of Johnny Cash's ancestry and where did they eventually settle in America?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Johnny used more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Johnny Cash. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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