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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. Why was one of the central figures in the book called Li'l Buddy while growing up?
2. What valuable objects were in Ron's possession on the private jet?
3. What family pet woke Li'l Buddy one night and alerted him to danger in the house?
4. How old was Denver when he was nearly killed by a group of white boys?
5. Where did Deborah first meet Denver?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Denver learn of Deborah's illness?
2. Explain the chain of events in Chapter 2: Ron that begin with Ron boarding a private jet and end with Ron attending a luncheon in his honor.
3. Why did Denver work the cotton fields and continue to be treated like a slave thirty years after the formal end of slavery?
4. Describe Denver's first impression of Deborah and how he felt about the mission until he met her.
5. In what ways did Ron's grandfather, a blackland farm owner, treat his black and white employees differently?
6. Explain Deborah and Ron's differing reasons for becoming volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission.
7. For the Colorado trip, Ron trusted Denver but feared he might not return. Describe the valuable items with which Denver was entrusted.
8. Explain the circumstances that lead to the death of Big Mama and Cousin Chook when Denver was a boy.
9. When Ron and Denver traveled to Red River Parish and Denver asked Ron to drive to the plantation where Denver used to live, how did Ron react to seeing Denver's 2-room shack, and how did Denver feel about seeing it again?
10. How did Denver's encounter with the white woman with a flat tire impact his life?
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
At age 18, Denver worked for the Man, but surveyed his lifestyle and decided he lived "high on the hog."
Part 1. Explain what "high on the hog" means and give an example.
Part 2. Explain what Denver had. Did he actually own these things?
Part 3. If Denver was living "high on the hog," why do you think he eventually escaped on the freight train?
Essay Topic 3
When Denver was a boy, a fire broke out that killed Big Mama and Cousin Chook. Shortly thereafter, Denver's father, BB, was stabbed to death, and Uncle James died a short time later.
Part 1. Explain how so much loss at a young age impacted Denver as a grown man. What fears and insecurities did he have as a result?
Part 2. How do you think Denver's life might have been different if Big Mama had survived the fire?
Part 3. Deborah's death was especially hard on Denver. What did Denver wonder about God when Deborah was taken away from him?
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