A Gathering of Old Men Test | Lesson Plans 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

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

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?

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