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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened to Troy's mother?
(a) She shot Troy's father and was sent to prison.
(b) She died when Troy was a baby.
(c) She went to live with Troy's sister.
(d) She ran off when Troy was eight.

2. What does Cory tell Troy about his job?
(a) That he quit his job.
(b) That he doesn't want to work part-time.
(c) That the manager gave the job to somebody else.
(d) That the manager wants to give him a promotion.

3. What does Troy say about a boy who lies to his father?
(a) He says it's time for more severe punishment.
(b) He says it's time for that boy to get out.
(c) He says it means trouble for the whole family.
(d) He says it's the father's fault.

4. For what offense does Troy say his father once almost beat him to death?
(a) He found out Troy had been skipping school.
(b) He found Troy with a girl.
(c) He found out Troy was stealing.
(d) He caught Troy sneaking out of the house.

5. In response to what Rose tells him to do, what does Troy say he will do when the recruiter comes to the house?
(a) He says he won't sign the papers.
(b) He says he will wait to hear Bono's opinion.
(c) He says he will sign the papers.
(d) He says he will not ask the recruiter how much money is involved.

Short Answer Questions

1. On the day the play begins, what does Troy confront his boss about?

2. What does Troy assume Lyons is doing when he puts his hand in his pocket?

3. Earlier in the day, what had one of Troy and Bono's co-workers been caught doing?

4. What does Troy say about the fact that Lyons wants to be a musician?

5. What does Troy say about the Negro League?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lyons tell Cory when Cory says he can't find a job?

2. What did Troy finish before he died?

3. What is Troy's answer to Rose's question about why he won't let Cory play football?

4. What outside chore does Troy want Cory to help him with when Cory comes home from football practice?

5. Under what circumstances did Gabriel receive the injury which resulted in a metal plate being placed in his head?

6. Why does Gabriel say that the bad men arrested him?

7. Why does Troy tell Cory that he needs to get a full-time job?

8. How does Rose respond to Bono when he wonders why he stayed at his lousy first home so long?

9. After Lyons arrives in Act 1, Scene 4, Gabriel reveals to Rose that he thinks Troy is mad at him for what reason?

10. After Bono and Troy's conversation about Alberta, Bono leaves and then Troy confesses what to Rose?

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