Foxfire 8 Test | Final Test - Hard

Eliot Wigginton
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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 the only ingredient that Louis Brown has to add to his clay?

2. What method of beating the clay does Chester Wilson prefer?

3. Which of the following statements is not true about a cockfighting derby?

4. What are buggy jars?

5. In which branch of the military did Burlon Craig once serve?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Irene Smith typify the wife of an Appalachian folk potter?

2. Why do the Wilsons begin importing and reselling merchandise and what kinds of items do they import and resell?

3. Why don't the Wilsons glaze much of their pottery?

4. Why did the Brown family business increase during World War II?

5. Discuss Burlon Craig's collection of pottery and the increasing value of antique pottery.

6. Why do owners of game chickens remove their roosters' combs prior to the first birthday?

7. How does Louis Brown say that trains can affect pottery?

8. How do chicken breeds differ from one another?

9. Describe the unique drying system the Wilsons create.

10. Explain the history of the sport of cockfighting.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the legality of cockfighting and the arguments given in "Foxfire 8" in support of this sport that involves the death of the losing chickens. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss mountain folk medicine and the home remedies mentioned in "Foxfire 8." Who usually treats the sick, a physician or a family member? Where did the Appalachians get the ingredients for their home remedies? What do Appalachian home remedies show about Appalachian culture and Appalachian life? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the depiction of education in "Foxfire 8." How educated are the majority of the interviewees? How literate are the majority of the interviewees? Is there a difference in the educational and literacy levels of the interviewees and their children and grandchildren? Why do you think the interviewees' families placed more emphasis on the learning of handicrafts and the raising of food than on book learning when the interviewees were young? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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