A Gathering of Old Men Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who were the three funerals for?

2. After talking on the radio, Mapes makes an announcement to the group. What news does he share?

3. What does Tee Jack do to calm Luke Will and his friends?

4. How old is Charlie?

5. Once the old men are in the field, what do they do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who came in from the kitchen and what was he doing there?

2. Why was it important for Charlie to come forward and confess to the murder of Beau?

3. What was the "nigger room" a symbol of?

4. When the shoot-out began, how did the old black men get organized and decide what to do?

5. What does Charlie do when the shoot-out begins?

6. What was Tee Jack afraid of?

7. How were the old men getting a bathroom break?

8. How did Mapes get the group of old men to decide to end the evening?

9. How does Charlie prove he is a man?

10. Why is it important that this chapter is narrated by a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Light-skinned blacks vs. dark-skinned blacks. Explain what is happening in this story between the people who are light-skinned and the people who are dark-skinned. How did these prejudices begin?

Essay Topic 2

How did a different person narrating each chapter change the story? What would have been different if Lou Dimes had narrated all the chapters? Or Chimley. Or Candy. Or Clatoo?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mapes slapping the men and Miss Merle slapping Janey. What did each of these events symbolize? How are they the same? Different?

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