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. In what town was Johnny Cash born?

2. What beautiful sight did Johnny remember from living on the farm?

3. How did Johnny's mother earn money for his voice lessons?

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

5. What was the job of the person in #22 when he was 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Johnny's perspective on the term "country"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Johnny Cash was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Johnny's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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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