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. Who gets "winged"?

2. What is Lou doing in the final moments of the shoot-out?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

As we get more familiar with the character of Fix, it is clear that, in the past, Fix terrorizes the black people in the area. He is probably responsible for many beatings and deaths of black people. Why now, with the death of his son, Beau, does Fix need for all his sons to agree on a course of action? Why is he asking permission from his sons to act?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the aftermath of the shoot-out and the trial. Do you think life is better or worse for black people in this community? Why? Is life different at all, or does everyone go back to the way it is? What signs do you see in the final chapter that indicate a change in the future of Gil, Candy, Lou, Mapes and all the old black men?

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