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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. When is Grant going to visit Jefferson again?

2. What is written on the blackboards?

3. How early does Grant go to Pichot's home?

4. Who does Grant hear calling his Tante Lou from the road?

5. What does Grant give the prisoners as he moves toward Jefferson's cell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Miss Emma, Tante Lou, and Reverend Ambrose angry with Grant?

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

3. What does Grant notice when he looks through Jefferson's barred window?

4. What does Grant do instead of telling someone that the visit with Jefferson is not going well?

5. What does Jefferson offer to Bonin as he is preparing for his death?

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

7. When Jefferson writes about Samson, what is the question that springs into his mind?

8. Though Grant finds Tante Lou and Miss Emma home when he returns from school, what does he do?

9. What happens on the day of the fourth visit to see Jefferson?

10. What does Grant offer to bring to Jefferson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of faith and and its importance is brought up by Reverend Ambrose at one point to Grant in relation to Jefferson. How do you feel that faith and belief could have helped Jefferson? What could Jefferson have done to bring more faith into his life? Do you feel that this would have made Jefferson happier or unhappier? If Grant isn't a very religious person, why does he tell the Reverend Ambrose to bring a bible with him when he visits?

Essay Topic 2

Reverend Ambrose is worried that Jefferson is not saved when it's about 3 weeks before he is to be executed. What does Reverend Ambrose fear about Jefferson not being saved? Why isn't Grant worried about this? Why do you think Reverend Ambrose wants Grant to talk to Jefferson about his faith? Why does the Reverend want Grant to lie about what he believes?

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson's execution date is set after a long series of discussions about how the Catholics would like their Lenten and Easter season interrupted. What do you think would have happened if the date had been shared with the other execution? Do you think it would have mattered if the execution date was too close to Easter? Why do you think the author made this an issue of the story?

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