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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

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

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 3

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.

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