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 Dewey insist Willis must do?

2. How does the author describe Mrs. Farragot as Milfird sees her?

3. What does Butler consider the processes being worn by other black men, but don't imitate the whites?

4. Why does Willis have to avoid Bertha, the cook?

5. What two things does Curtis suggest Willis do when he is worried about the Henry Street Guys?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scar on the woman that fascinates the narrator.

2. What does the woman say about men?

3. What happens to Billy's parents and the relationship between Billy and William?

4. What does R.V. says in the only concern for Willis and R.V.?

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

6. What kind of person is Billy?

7. Why does the officer assume Mrs. Farragot is drunk and what happens when he tries to confirm it?

8. What happens when Willis Davis tries to join the Henry Street guys?

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

10. What complaint does Butler have about young blacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Widows and Orphans"- How does Louis view Clair? How does Clair view Louis? In what ways do these two views coincide? In what ways do they differ?

Essay Topic 2

"A Sense of Story" - In this story the judge demands that the rules of society apply to people of all races equally. Why was this a new concept? Do you think a judge would need to demand this today? Do you believe there is still racial inequality in the judicial system? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

"Problems of Art" -The story ended with the reader learning that Mrs. Farragot had indeed been drinking. Did you find this surprising? Why or why not? Do you think she was drunk the night of the incident? Why or why not?

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