The Sky Is Gray Test | Final Test - Hard

Ernest J. Gaines
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does James decide he's going to do in Chapter 11 so he can get his Mama a coat?

2. What rises out of Mama's coat while she warms herself at the heater inside the cafe?

3. What does James do when he feels something hit his cap?

4. What is the young black man waiting in the dentist's office holding?

5. What does Mama have to eat at the cafe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story, The Sky is Gray takes place during about a day of James' life. Do you feel connected at all with James after only "knowing" him for a day? If so, how and why? If not, why not? Why do you think the author chose to only have the story cover one day of James' life? Was the story effective in the way it was told? Was time an important factor in the story or did it not matter that the story spans the duration of only one day?

Essay Topic 2

There are times in the story, The Sky is Gray where there is conflict between two or more of the characters. Name someone that James has a conflict with. Why does a conflict arise and how is it resolved? Name someone that Mama has a conflict with. Why does this conflict arise and how is it resolved? How do these two conflicts affect each character? Use specific examples in the book to support your views.

Essay Topic 3

Who is your favorite character in the story, The Sky is Gray? Why did this character appeal to you? What characteristics did you like about this character? Were there any characteristics that you didn't like about this person? What does this character add to the story? How would things be different if this character did not exist in the story? Would anything remain the same in the story if the character didn't exist? If so, how?

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