Losing Battles Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the name of the state penitentiary Jack Renfro has been sent to?

2. Who does Jack try and get to hold his baby when he tries to help Gloria after she has fallen at Banner Top?

3. What does Gloria have to grab hold of to stop herself from falling down the bank into the road?

4. What kind of bird does Curly say is nesting in a piece of the evidence he brought to court?

5. What does Jack tell the judge that Curly is after admitting to the charges placed against him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the Renfro family's discussion at the breakfast table at the beginning of the book?

2. How did Jack retaliate against Curly after he makes Ella Faye cry?

3. What happens when Jack tries to take his truck back from Curly in Part 2?

4. How is the Renfro Bible described and used in Part 3?

5. How do the members of the reunion react when the Moody's arrive with Vaughn in the wagon?

6. What happens when Jack tries to use Bet to get Moody's car unstuck in Part 2?

7. Describe Jack and his family's interactions with Brother Bethune near the beginning of Part 2.

8. What does Judge Moody say after admitting he had Julia Mortimer's letter for a month?

9. What does Brother Bethune do after Willy Trimble offers him some water in Part 2?

10. What happens to Jack once he in put into a jail in Foxtown in Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the members of the family reunion with the Moody's in the book. In what way do these characters offset one another? What is the reader able to learn based on their differences?

Essay Topic 2

What reasons does the family have for their lack of trust for outsiders in the book. What is telling of this distrust in terms of their ability to live in a realistic world? What might the author be saying about the true nature of the family members based on this lack of trusting outsiders?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, education has been a common theme linking each part together.

Part 1.) What might the author be saying about the society of the people in the book based on this portrayal of education?

Part 2.) In what way does Julia Mortimer's character represent the positive impact education could have on the book's characters had they given her the chance?

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