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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. Where is Blue Duck?
2. Where do Pea Eye and Gus find shelter from the Indians?
3. What does Call give the group of Indians that arrive, one of which he knew from before?
4. Who gets knocked unconscious by a soldier?
5. When Newt is finally able to see again, what does he find?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to July near the Republican River?
2. Why does Newt decide not to shoot the Indians that approach him?
3. Jake asks the Suggs brothers gang about Blue Duck. What do they tell him?
4. What does July offer Gus?
5. What does the crew report about Jake?
6. When riding and talking with Gus, what confuses Newt?
7. What worries Dish when Call rides off to help Gus?
8. What does Blue Duck tell Call?
9. Why does Clara want Call to change his mind about honoring Gus' request?
10. How does Lorena feel when she hears about Jake's hanging?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How are different characters worthy of respect? Pick three characters and write an essay explaining how each character's actions earns respect for him or her from the other characters. (Call, Gus, Clara, Newt, Dish, Pea Eye, Deets, July, Roscoe) Do those characters truly deserve respect? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Jake Spoon is both a lawman and an outlaw. He is a former Texas Ranger who dies as part of a murdering gang of horse thieves.
Part 1) How do Jake's characteristics influence his decline from lawman to outlaw? Choose events from the novel that illustrate these characteristics.
Part 2) How does Jake feel about his decline? What are his feelings towards Call and Gus? What are his feelings toward Dan Suggs?
Part 3) Could Jake have redeemed himself? Where in the story could he go back to the right side of the law? How might he have accomplished that? Use examples from the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Justice is a recurring theme. How do different characters seek and find justice? In what circumstances do they decide not to seek justice? Explain the difference in those circumstances. How does seeking justice (or not seeking justice) affect the plot? Use examples from the novel.
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