Elbow Room 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. What is Billy Renfro accomplished at doing?

2. Which character is nicknamed Eldorado?

3. What does Mrs. Farragot explain to her attorney about Winfield?

4. Why is Tarwell considering hiring Butler as an assistant pastor?

5. Who is looking for Billy at the end of the tale?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gloria in regards to her views on country music and the south. Be sure to include where she is from.

2. What does the narrator say great literature has given way to?

3. What does Charles do that is unlike Detroit-born mechanics and what does he think will happen as a result of this?

4. As Gloria sees it what defines the people as southerners and northern?

5. Describe Gweneth Lawson as seen through the narrator's eyes.

6. What is Butler's obsession that becomes his theme as he delivers his sermons?

7. When the man with the massive tiara of black hair looks into Butler's shop, what does Butler offer him and how does the man respond?

8. What does Ruth want to advise Harold to do and what does she do instead?

9. What kind of person is Billy?

10. What are the Foster's doing because it was recommended and because they are tired of tourism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"A Sense of Story"- Why do you think Charles confessed at the beginning of the story? Do you believe the conflict between Charles and the victim ran deeper? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"Why I like Country Music" - In what ways is square dancing used as a symbol of differing world views? What are these views? Which view do you best relate to and why?

Essay Topic 3

"The Story of a Scar"- In what ways does the woman believe men should think about women? How does this compare to how the narrator (a man) points out they do think about women? In what way do these ideas relate to how the story ends?

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