A Gathering of Old Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Gil want most?

2. How is Gable's son put to death?

3. What is Yank's job before tractors comes to the sugar cane fields?

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

5. What happens when Mat returns home with his fish?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Clatoo stop the truck and let all the men out before he goes to Mathu's?

2. What color is the dress Corrine wears and the color of the bedspread she uses to cover the body? Why is this important?

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

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

5. What does it mean when the old black men see dust on the road? What is this a symbol of?

6. What is the significance of "empty" number five shells?

7. What is Tee Jack afraid of and how does he handle the situation?

8. Why is it important for Charlie to come forward and confess to the murder of Beau?

9. How does Mapes get the group of old men to decide to end the evening?

10. Who is Janey? Who does she work for? What does she do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

As we get more familiar with the character of Fix, it is clear that, in the past, Fix terrorizes the black people in the area. He is probably responsible for many beatings and deaths of black people. Why now, with the death of his son, Beau, does Fix need for all his sons to agree on a course of action? Why is he asking permission from his sons to act?

Essay Topic 2

How does the character of the sheriff, Mapes, change from the beginning of the story to the end of the story? Describe his initial reaction to his deputy and his treatment of his deputy and Luke Will during the final shoot-out. In the beginning of the story, who is the only black man that Mapes respects? What key events in the story change Mapes' view of the old black men and help him to respect these men?

Essay Topic 3

What groups show up at the trial? Which side do they support? Why are they there? What does this tell us about the future?

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