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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. How does Bull insist his men treat him?
2. What does Bull want his sons to become?
3. Where did Lillian learn about Bull's flight to Cuba?
4. What does Ben show Lillian to prove Bull's cruelty against her?
5. Who addresses Bull's squad before the Cuba mission?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Arrabelle Smalls and why has she come to the Meecham home?
2. Why does Bull refuse to discuss with Lillian his assignment to fly over Cuba?
3. What is the significance of the Marine Corps Hymn to Bull? To the Meecham children?
4. Who is Toomer? Why does Ben believe his mother encouraged him to go fishing with Toomer?
5. Why does Bull take Ben out to Biddle Island Marine Training Depot?
6. Why does Mary Anne believe neither she nor Ben will ever be writers?
7. What does Mary Anne throw at Bull?
8. Why do both the Meecham children's mother and grandmother plead with the children to behave on the road trip to South Carolina?
9. What happens on Ben's date with Ansley?
10. What does Bull want his daughter's to be as adults? How does this correspond with Mary Anne's opinion of her own future prospects?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Sammy's date is raped while they are on a date. Why does Sammy leave the girl to be raped? How could Sammy have helped the girl? Who rapes the girl? How does word of this rape cause trouble in Ravenel? Who do the locals blame for the rape? Is Sammy blamed? What happens to Sammy? How does this episode effect Ben?
Essay Topic 2
Why does Bull's plane go down? Why does Bull not bail out? What does this decision say about Bull's personality? Does this decision change the reader's opinion of Bull or does it confirm what the reader has already known about Bull? Does this action change how Bull's family feels about him? How does the public react to Bull's actions? How does this heroic act make Bull's family feel about him? Can the family reconcile this man with the man they knew?
Essay Topic 3
Who is Sammy Wertzburger? How is Sammy significant to the story? What does Sammy's friendship mean to Ben? How does this friendship change Ben? Is this Ben's first close friend?
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