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. Who were the members of the Tennessee Two?

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

3. In what country was the setting in #1 located?

4. What genre of book is CASH?

5. Why did Johnny always wear the color in #47?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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