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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the younger brother at the end of the story in Chapter 2 do for a living?
(a) Rides in the rodeo.
(b) Plows fields.
(c) Preaches.
(d) Cooks.

2. Why does the person who died in the Johnstown flood say someone is rude?
(a) He doesn't listen to his story.
(b) She yelled at him.
(c) They didn't open the gates.
(d) They wouldn't send him back.

3. How man people arrive at "Mets" house to tell stories the first night?
(a) Five.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

4. Where were the drawers hanging when the second slave was beaten in Chapter 5?
(a) On a tree branch.
(b) On the line.
(c) In the laundry machine.
(d) On the missus.

5. Why did John go to the field?
(a) His student ran away.
(b) His master told him to go.
(c) He was lost.
(d) To tend to his crops.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when Hurston arrives at Pine Mill?

2. What does Hurston claim the Sheriff will do to the woman who killed five men?

3. In what state does the author spend most of her time collecting stories?

4. Who drowned in the Johnstown flood?

5. When does Hurston travel to Pine Mill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what a "toe dance" is and Hurston's experience at the "toe dance."

2. Describe the story Jim Presley tells Hurston. How are black men better then white men in this story?

3. How does Hurston manage to fit into the Everglades Cypress Lumber Company community?

4. How does Gold explain the difference of skin tone in people?

5. What is Shug's reaction to Julius Henry's story, and why might she react this way?

6. Describe one of the stories Hurston hears in Chapter 4 about mean bosses.

7. Why is Hurston interested in learning about folktales?

8. Describe the interaction between Hurston and Mr. Pitts.

9. What is the significance of the stories Hurston hears about the slave outsmarting the master or black men outsmarting white men?

10. Describe the story John French tells in Chapter 3.

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