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 does she say about the first doctor?

2. Why does Teddy start logging overtime?

3. Which of the following doesn't Tommy's father threaten to do to Butler?

4. Why does the narrator's father refuse to write him another note?

5. What happens to Teddy when he fights for the knife after the woman is stabbed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Milford's brief say about his client and what does this seem to contradict?

3. Where do people say Billy died and what is the truth?

4. How does Gloria's husband feel about square dancing and why is it surprising he feels this way?

5. How does Willis confront Jones and what does Willis say to him?

6. What does Butler forbid in his shop and why does he forbid them?

7. What do some people say about Dewey?

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

9. What does William feel obliged to do for Billy and why does he feel obliged to do it?

10. What factors does Butler spend his afternoon thinking about in regards to his situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Problems of Art" - In what way does this story deal with the fate of blacks in a white-controlled judicial system? Do you believe Mrs. Farragot was wise to insist on a white attorney? 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 Faithful" - In this story, the main character views his community (the black community) as being divided by their family origins. Do you agree that family origins can divide a community? Why or why not?

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