A Lesson before Dying 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. The women prepare a smaller table with __________ and ________.

2. Who is disgusted by Grant's behavior?

3. Who does Jefferson talk to to tell that he will meet Tante Lou, Miss Emma, and Reverend Ambrose in the day room?

4. When does the program start that night?

5. What gift does Bonin accept from Jefferson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The truck that moves through the town with the electrocution chair makes everyone nervous in town. Do you think this path was taken purposefully to spread fear in the town? Why or why not? Who do you think the chair's presence is meant to scare more, blacks or whites? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The word 'hog' is brought up at several points during this story, in reference to Jefferson's trial. Why do you think Jefferson was so upset by this name? Do you think his reactions are warranted or do you think he could have brushed this off more easily? Is his age a factor in his reactions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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