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. Which of the following characters dismisses country music as a valid art form?

2. Who gets into a dispute with the person who is honking his horn?

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

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

5. What profession does Corliss Milford practice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What does the narrator say that the best men do and do not?

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

8. What information about Mrs. Farragot's history does Milford have?

9. What complaint does Butler have about young blacks?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

"The Story of a Scar"- What do you believe are the three major themes of this story? Do you believe this is a love story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

"Why I like Country Music" - What role does love play in this story? In what way are stereotypes developed through this story? What role does one's culture during their formative years play into understanding others?

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