A Gathering of Old Men Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Luke Will notice about Tee Jack at the end of chapter 13?

2. Why does Candy slap Lou in the car?

3. During the shoot-out, what does Lou tell Mapes when he crawls over to him?

4. What phrase does Charlie keep saying over and over again?

5. What does Leroy do for most of the time that the shoot-out is going on?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationships between the black and white people in this town. Why don't they change after slavery and after civil rights? Why is this town so far behind the times? Explain what is happening in this story between the people who are light-skinned blacks and the people who are dark-skinned blacks. What about the whites and the Cajuns? How do they all view each other? Who is "looking down" on whom?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the aftermath of the shoot-out and the trial. Do you think life is better or worse for black people in this community? Why? Is life different at all, or does everyone go back to the way it is? What signs do you see in the final chapter that indicate a change in the future of Gil, Candy, Lou, Mapes and all the old black men?

Essay Topic 3

What is the reason for the character of Miss Bea? She is only in one chapter, but she introduces a very important plot point into the story. What is it? Why is it important for one of the owners of the plantation to talk about this point?

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