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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 does Gus try to get out of his leg?
2. What does Clara want?
3. What does Jake hope the Suggs brothers gang will do?
4. Who helps ease Newt's mind about Jake?
5. What does Gus tell Call about the cattle drive?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Deets find on the Arkansas River?
2. How does Lorena feel when she hears about Jake's hanging?
3. Why does Newt decide not to shoot the Indians that approach him?
4. Why does Gus not go after Blue Duck?
5. Why is Po Campo not as excited about reaching Ogallala as the rest of the crew?
6. What does Sally think of Jake when she hears the rumors?
7. What happens to Elmira when she sees Dee?
8. What does July finally decide about Elmira?
9. When riding and talking with Gus, what confuses Newt?
10. What does Clara tell Gus about marriage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The novel includes both lawmen and outlaws throughout the story. The lawmen like Call, Gus, and July try their best to uphold and enforce the law. The outlaws like Blue Duck and Dan Suggs spend their time breaking the law.
Part 1) Pick one lawman and one outlaw and compare and contrast them. What characteristics do they have in common? In what ways are they different?
Part 2) How do the two characters you selected act as if they are above the law, or that laws do not apply to them? Cite examples from the novel.
Part 3) In what ways are the two characters not above the law? Pick events from the story that show how the characters apply the law to themselves.
Essay Topic 2
Elmira and Lorena are both prostitutes as a matter of circumstances of their lives.
Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Elmira and Lorena. How are they the same? How are they different?
Part 2) How do Lorena and Elmira show their strengths or weaknesses in their characters?
Part 3) How do Lorena and Elmira each meet the challenges of their circumstances? What choices do they make to improve their lives? How does it work out for them? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
The novel is full of tragedies, such as the deaths of Sean and Deets. Pick three tragedies in the novel and explain how the surviving characters cope. How are the tragedies similar? How are they different? Are they a result of choices or accident?
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