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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. In which part of Fort Worth was Ron raised?
2. Looking back as an adult on the scene with the cruel teacher from his youth, how does Ron feel?
3. What did the white woman stranded with car trouble do when the boys attacked Denver?
4. What happened to Ron's art gallery to confirm his negative opinion of the homeless?
5. How soon after arriving in Fort Worth did Denver meet Deborah?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain what Ron learned about Deborah's health during a phone call he received while having lunch with his daughter, Regan.
2. Explain the conflict over white women between the "good ole' boys" and black men during the time that Denver was growing up in Louisiana.
3. What happened to Ron's art gallery in Chapter 2: Ron that confirmed his negative attitude toward the homeless?
4. Describe how Ron felt about urban development as he flew over the city in Chapter 2: Ron, and saw the groundwork for new buildings that would force the homeless to be relocated.
5. After Ron and Denver became friends, Denver shared a fear about Deborah with Ron. What was his fear?
6. While Deborah was in the final days of her life and in terrible pain, what message from God did Denver deliver to Ron?
7. Explain the circumstances that lead to the death of Big Mama and Cousin Chook when Denver was a boy.
8. After Deborah was given only weeks to live, why did Denver say that Deborah "ain't goin nowhere"?
9. Describe Deborah's first impression of Denver.
10. For the Colorado trip, Ron trusted Denver but feared he might not return. Describe the valuable items with which Denver was entrusted.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Describe Deborah's funeral and memorial service. What did Denver do after Deborah was buried in a plain pine casket? When Denver spoke at Deborah's memorial service, how was it out of character for him to do so? What did he say about Deborah? What did he announce that he was going to do in her memory?
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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