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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. What is something Grant does NOT tell his students to do when the superintendent arrives?

2. What are the two men discussing with Joe Claiborne?

3. What was Jefferson called during the trial?

4. Who does Grant remember as someone who took great pride in his heritage?

5. Who grabs a gun and starts shooting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grant urge Jefferson to do in order to make liars of the white bigots?

2. When does Grant realize that Jefferson has died?

3. Why is Reverend Ambrose jealous of Grant?

4. What does Jefferson say that he wants when Grant asks him if he wants anything?

5. What responsibility does Grant try to tell Jefferson he has?

6. What happens after Vivian and Grant make love?

7. Why is Grant outraged that Miss Emma is suddenly sick?

8. What does Grant say to Tante Lou when she begins to get out of the car when they arrive at Pichot's house?

9. What happens at the beginning of every visit to see Jefferson?

10. What does Bonin say that Grant should tell his students about Jefferson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of this novel, the narrator is unknown to the reader. Why do you think this was done? Do you think this added to or took away from the manuscript? When the reader finds out that the narrator is Grant Wiggins, does this change the perception of the story?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship of Vivian and Grant is a complicated one, but perhaps that's only a matter of their current positions - she in her marriage, and Grant in his depression. Do you feel that their relationship is a strong one? A healthy one? Do you feel that these two will be together at some point? Do they seem like a couple that has a chance? What do they have to offer each other? How do they hurt each other?

Essay Topic 3

When Grant is waiting to talk to Vivian about the good visit he had with Jefferson, he overhears a conversation about Jefferson by mulatto bricklayers and reacts violently. Why do you think he reacts this way? Do you think there was another way for him to react to their comments? Why do you think the bricklayers said what they said?

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