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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. Who baked the apple pie?
(a) Janey.
(b) Miss Merle.
(c) Lucy, Miss Merle's servant.
(d) Miss Bea.

2. Where did the group of old men walk to?
(a) Back to Dirty Red's house.
(b) The black graveyard.
(c) To the cane fields.
(d) To the bank of the river.

3. When Miss Merle arrives back at the Marshall house, what does she tell Bea?
(a) That Beau Boutan is dead.
(b) That she needs a drink.
(c) That she brought an apple pie for Jack.
(d) That she needs a twelve-gauge shotgun.

4. What did Yank do in his younger days?
(a) He worked in a rodeo.
(b) He broke horses and mules.
(c) He worked in the sugar cane fields.
(d) He was a servant.

5. Who was Tessie?
(a) Jacob's sister.
(b) Jacob's mother.
(c) Chimley's wife.
(d) A white woman who claimed she was raped by Jacob.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened when Mat returned home with his fish?

2. What did Chimley's wife say when Chimley came home?

3. What did Snookum want for a reward for running the errand?

4. What was happening the next day?

5. What kind of a cap was Chimley wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the goal of Reverend Jameson?

2. What was Johnny Paul talking about when he talked to Mapes about what he couldn't see?

3. Why did Jacob feel bad about the death of his sister Tessie when he had nothing to do with her murder?

4. How does the reader know where the story is taking place?

5. Why did Clatoo stop the truck before he got to Mathu's?

6. Why did Candy want more men and more shotguns at Mathu's house?

7. Why did Mapes hit the men and what did it mean? When everybody lined up to be hit by Mapes, what happened?

8. What was the significance of empty number five shells?

9. Why did Gil look at Cal like he hated him?

10. Why was Gil torn between love for his family and sadness over their past actions?

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