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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. Who rushes Buddy Jr. to the hospital after he is struck by the train?
2. In what shape is the statue that Vesta Adcock throws through the nursing home window?
3. Which of the following characters proves instrumental in helping Idgie free Ruth from Frank's abuse?
4. Which of the following animals bites Bertha Vick on her bottom in the middle of the night?
5. How often does it snow in Whistle Stop?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Idgie take Buddy Jr. to see Eva's three-legged dog?
2. How is the lead detective of Frank's case related to Frank?
3. How does Buddy Threadgoode die?
4. Where does Idgie go when Ruth leaves town?
5. What scam does Biddie Otis buy into, hoping it will help cure her arthritis?
6. How does Evelyn feel about the prospect of selling cosmetics door-to-door?
7. Who is Towanda the Avenger?
8. Why does Idgie drive to Georgia? What does she find out about Ruth during that trip?
9. How does Willy Boy Peavy die?
10. What reason does Ninny give to Evelyn about why Smokey stayed in town so long?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Interspersed throughout the old newspaper are pages copied from Dot Weems' newspaper, "The Weems Weekly." Choose at least two stories highlighted in these newspaper pages and explain what significance these stories have to the novel. Then, explain how "The Weems Weekly" helps characterize Whistle Stop and the characters in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
When Ruth falls ill with cancer, it forces other characters reconsider their roles or relationship with her. Choose one character whose life changed drastically when Ruth became ill and describe that change. Then, compare and contrast that with the drastic changes another character had to undergo when Ruth became ill. Then, explain how Ruth's illness changed the town and how she became immortalized in death.
Essay Topic 3
On the day of Idgie's murder trial, many of the people she has known over the course of her life come together to testify. First, describe the alibi presented for Idgie's whereabouts during the murder and give examples of at least two unexpected witnesses for this alibi. Then, explain how Idgie's trial shows the small town mentality of Whistle Stop and the town's moral values.
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