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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. Where does Lou Dimes work?
(a) At the Marshall's main house.
(b) In the sugar can fields.
(c) At the concrete plant.
(d) At a newspaper in Baton Rouge.

2. Who is Snookum's grandmother?
(a) Candy.
(b) Janey.
(c) Mathu.
(d) Gram Mon.

3. What is Chimley sitting on while he is fishing?
(a) A log.
(b) The back of his truck.
(c) A bucket.
(d) A chair.

4. Why has Coot not worn his WWI uniform in years?
(a) White men beat him up for wearing it in public.
(b) Nobody knows what it means.
(c) White men tell him not to wear it in public.
(d) It doesn't fit well anymore.

5. When the old black men arrive at the quarters, they each shake hands with Glo. Why does Glo hang on to Clatoo's hand a little longer?
(a) She wants to pray with Clatoo.
(b) She doesn't walk well and needs help to stand to greet him.
(c) She once loves Clatoo.
(d) She is worried about Fix arriving and she is proud of all the old black men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Snookum see at Mathu's house?

2. What does Bea need before she thinks of more names?

3. Who arrives at the end of chapter seven?

4. What does Candy always wear?

5. Why do Mat and Chimley continue to fish after they hear about the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening to the black graveyards?

2. Who comes in from the kitchen and what is he doing there? Where is he all day?

3. What is the ultimate goal of Reverend Jameson? Why is he at the scene?

4. After Gil meets with his coach, why does Gil look at Cal like he hates him?

5. What is the significance of the argument between Mat and his wife?

6. Why does Chimley not mind if black people call him by his nickhame, but hates it when white people use his nickname?

7. Who are Salt and Pepper?

8. Why does Candy tell all the old black men to shoot their guns once?

9. What is Leroy's reaction to being shot? How does his reaction change the story? How does his reaction change who's in power?

10. When Miss Merle arrives with sandwiches, what does she do to show her disgust at the crowd of old black men?

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