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A Gathering of Old Men Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

Explain the symbolism connected with the river, the tractors, the graveyard and the cane fields. How do these symbols relate to times gone by and dead ancestors? Are the old times better times in the minds of the old black men? What is better about the history? What is worse?

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?

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