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 Dirty Red keep asking Charlie?

2. During the shoot-out, where is Snookum when Lou notices him?

3. During the shoot-out, what does Mapes say to Lou?

4. What is different about the way Yank hollers?

5. What does Fix do when Gil does not agree with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Leroy, who is part of the lynch mob and gets wounded in the shoot-out, Tee Jack who owns the store/bar where the lynch mob meets up, Jack Marshall, who just drinks his days away and owns 1/3 of the Marshall plantation, and the quiet professor in the bar. What does each man symbolize in the context of race relations and racism? Discuss each man's approach to race and how they express their opinion about race. If any of these characters take a different action that day, how does it change the story?

Essay Topic 2

When Gil arrives at the crime scene, the deputy lets him through right away. Gil shakes hands with everyone, white and black. What does this say about Gil's history? How does Gil behave in the past? Do you think Gil ever does anything like his father, even when he is young? What do you think he is like in high school?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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