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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is the harness room described by 6:00 that night?
2. What is Father doing when he has to leave the farm?
3. What does Mother tell her visitor?
4. What is the reason for the visit by the individual who goes to see Mother?
5. In Section 3, to whom does Father say something about Mother's reaction to the house and barn?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The reader learns that the townspeople are gossiping about Mother's actions. Does the author mean this to be symbolism for something else? What is the symbolism behind the women talking about it in their homes and the men discussing it on the roads? What is the symbolism behind the men standing on the road awaiting Father's arrival?
Essay Topic 2
Write about the social convention of the way women were viewed during this time in, as portrayed in this essay. Why do you think the author wrote this story with regard to the way women were viewed? What was the author's point in writing this short story? Was she trying to effect change or simply providing a humorous look at marriage?
Essay Topic 3
Of the four main characters (Father, Mother, Nanny, and Sammy), pick one, and explain her or his struggle with social convention during this time. Does the character fight the convention or succumb to it? What is the motivation for this character to follow social convention? Is the motivation purely to go along with what everyone else is doing, or is there some other reason given in the story that provides motivation to make the choices the character does?
This section contains 379 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)