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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. With what type of vehicle did Denver help the white woman stranded on the side of the road?
2. What were the names of Ron's parents?
3. Denver recalled stories from his childhood about black men being fed to a gator for doing what?
4. Where did Ron endure his teacher's cruel punishment?
5. After three years of hard work and debt due to sharecropping, what did Uncle James do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How and why did Ron dress differently from his peers in college?
2. How did Mr. Ballantine treat Denver when he first met him and how did Mr. Ballantine arrive at the mission?
3. After Deborah's funeral, how did Denver feel about Ron, and what dream-like experience or visitation made him feel more at ease in Ron's house?
4. Explain how Denver felt about Deborah's illness and why it reminded him of his past.
5. Describe Deborah's first impression of Denver.
6. With how much money did Denver return from Colorado and what was Ron's reaction?
7. Describe how Rocky, Deborah's palomino pony, was used during Deborah's funeral and what Denver did after the ceremony was completed.
8. Explain the circumstances that lead to the death of Big Mama and Cousin Chook when Denver was a boy.
9. When half a million dollars was given to the mission, how did Mary Ellen credit Deborah and what was done with the money?
10. After Deborah was given only weeks to live, why did Denver say that Deborah "ain't goin nowhere"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ron grew up in a lower-middle class home and spent his summers with his grandfather, a farmer and landowner.
Part 1. Describe Ron's parents. Do you think Ron was well-cared for as a child?
Part 2. Explain why or not Ron's grandfather was the Man. Did he treat his white and colored workers differently?
Part 3. Consider how Ron felt about the poor and homeless when he grew up. Find two reasons from Ron's childhood that might explain why Ron felt this way as an adult.
Essay Topic 2
Both Ron and Denver must overcome issues and preconceived notions about certain kinds of people in order for their friendship to begin and to thrive as it does.
Part 1. Explain the ideas that Ron had about homeless people and give an example of why he might have felt this way.
Part 2. Explain Denver's ideas about white men and give an example of why he might have felt this way.
Part 3. Describe how Denver and Ron developed a mutual trust and respect for each other that changed how they each felt about white men and colored men.
Essay Topic 3
When Deborah was terminally ill with cancer and was brought home to die, there were many painful moments for the loved ones who surrounded her.
Part 1. Explain the message from God pertaining to Deborah that Denver delivered to Ron. Why did Denver believe that Deborah could not die? How did he believe he could help?
Part 2. Describe the state of Ron and Deborah's marriage when they woke up together on the morning of their 31st wedding anniversary. Had the damage been repaired? Did Ron stand by her during her illness?
Part 3. What comforting words did Denver speak to Deborah on her deathbed? Explain why Deborah might have felt she could go in peace after hearing them.
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