A Gathering of Old Men Test | 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 Snookum say that almost gives away Candy's entire plan?

2. Who shows up from the back of the house at the end of chapter 14?

3. What is the "nigger room" in Tee Jack's store?

4. When Charlie confesses to the murder, who does Charlie refer to as "Parrain"?

5. During the shoot-out, Mapes tells Luke Will that someone is in charge? Who?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using the characters of Fix, Candy and Gil, put into perspective the concept of the past, present and future. Allow Fix to represent the past. Discuss his treatment of black people, as described in the story. Candy is the present. She is white, but is practically raised by Mathu, a black man, and Miss Merle, a white woman. How does this shape her story? What is her unique perspective of her world? Gil represents the future. His life looks very different from his father's. Why? What changes and shapes Gil's ideas about race? How do all of these characters change after the events in this story? What does the future look like to each character? How much do they each change?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Candy's life. What do you think is her biggest influence? Who are her favorite people growing up? Where do you think she spends most of her time? What is the importance of Miss Merle and Mathu to Candy? What is the importance of Jack and Miss Bea?

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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