Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How do Candy's parents die?
2. What kind of a cap is Chimley wearing?
3. What does Clatoo do with the shoe box?
4. When does Chimley not mind being called by his nickname?
5. How does Mapes, the sheriff, prove that Uncle Billy does not shoot Beau?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who comes in from the kitchen and what is he doing there? Where is he all day?
2. When Miss Merle arrives with sandwiches, what does she do to show her disgust at the crowd of old black men?
3. Why does Candy tell all the old black men to shoot their guns once?
4. Why does Miss Merle slap Janey and why does Janey stand there and take it?
5. Why is Gil torn between love for his family and sadness over their past actions?
6. What is happening to the black graveyards?
7. Why does each old black man claim responsibility for the murder of Beau?
8. What color is the dress Corrine wears and the color of the bedspread she uses to cover the body? Why is this important?
9. Why is it important that this chapter is narrated by a child?
10. What does Gil's coach want to tell Gill? Why aren't Cal and Sully in this meeting?
Each chapter is narrated by a different person, but the author chooses not to use certain characters to tell the story. Candy, Mapes, Gil, Mathu and Fix do not share their viewpoint of the story, even though they are major characters. Why do you think the author chooses not to use these characters as storytellers? Each of these characters have strong viewpoints about the events of the day. Each of these characters influence events of the day. How is your opinion of these characters different if they are narrating their own chapters? How does this change the story?
In his telling of the story, Lou talks about three important symbols. He does not comment one way or the other, but instead, gives the reader the opportunity to form their own opinions. Break into groups of three. Discuss the symbolism of the dust coming down the road. What does Lou Dimes want us to think about this? Discuss Mapes' attitudes towards his deputy? What does Lou want us to understand about Mapes from his interaction with his deputy? Discuss your thoughts about Corrine's faded dress and the faded bedspread used to cover Beau. Why does Lou report the color of the dress and the bedspread? What does this say to the reader? What does Lou mean for it to say?
How is Charlie a symbol of the bravery that all the old black men feel that day? Why does the old black men find the courage on this day to stand up and "do something different" on this day? Why do they never do it before? Why does Charlie find the courage on this day when he never has before? Think of all the stories told by all the old black men of their friends and relatives. What makes today different from the past?
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