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 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

Discuss the treatment of African Americans in the armed services, as discussed by Coot. What war does Coot fight in? Compare the treatment by whites when Coot returns compared with the treatment of black soldiers by the U.S. government, as related by Coot in his story. Discuss the burial practices of black soldiers and share your opinion about Coot's description of the policies of the U.S. government.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the odd friendship of Mapes and Mathu. How do they know each other? Why does Mapes always treat Mathu differently than he does other black men? After the events in the story, how do Mapes and Mathu interact? Are they still friends? Do they still hunt and fish together? Are their discussions different? The same?

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