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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 does Inman learn about this new person that leaves him feeling as though solitude might not be the answer?
2. Who tells Ruby and Ada about the shooting of Stobrod and Pangle?
3. What map does Inman follow on the next leg of his journey in the chapter, The Doing of It?
4. What does Inman do to his companion's horse upon meeting up with another group of men?
5. What does Ada tell Inman about her relationship with Ruby?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Stobrod finally confess he wants from Ruby?
2. Who helps Inman with his injuries?
3. What does Inman find when he finally reaches Black Cove?
4. What does Inman do in exchange for a hot meal from a grief stricken mother?
5. What animal does Inman dream about and later feel responsible for killing?
6. How does Ada react when she first sees Inman? Does Ada react as Inman imagined she would?
7. Who do Ruby, Ada, Stobrod, and Inman run into on their way to Black Cove?
8. Who visits Black Cove while Ruby is in town trading apple cider for beef?
9. Who or what does Ruby catch in her trap in the cornfield?
10. Who attacks Sara's home while Inman is there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who is Stobrod? How is Stobrod related to Ruby? Why does Ruby show hostility toward Stobrod? Does Stobrod deserve this hostility? Why or why not? How does Stobrod change from before he goes to war to when he returns? Does Ruby trust this change? Why or why not? What does Ada think of Stobrod's character? Does Ada like him? Does Ada's reaction affect Ruby in any way? How?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss morality. Veasey is a preacher, but he appears to have no morals when it comes to sex and women. Why does Veasey begin a relationship with Laura when he is engaged to another woman? Why does Veasey want to kill Laura? Why does Inman not allow this murder? Why does Veasey later get into a fight with a prostitute over money? What do these actions say about Veasey's morals?
Essay Topic 3
Inman and Ada barely know one another before Inman goes to war, but Inman is deeply in love with Ada. Discuss how courtship was different in the time period in which this novel takes place. Would a modern woman have waited for a man like Inman return from war like Ada does? Would a modern woman fall in love with a man with such limited contact? Would a modern man imagine a lifetime with a woman he knew such a short time? Did the war affect the affection these two people felt for one another? In what way?
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