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 do James and Mama have to walk across to get to the café?

2. After Mama and James leave the store and are walking at the end of Chapter 9, what does James try to prevent Mama from hearing?

3. Who says, "I'm questioning the world" while waiting in the dentist's office after someone states that they are mad at the world?

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

5. What hits James' cap while he and Mama are walking outside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story, The Sky is Gray, who do you consider to be the protagonist of the story? What kind of obstacles does this character face or overcome? What or who would be considered to be the antagonists in the story? How does the protagonist grow from their experiences in the story? Cite specific examples from the story to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Ernest J. Gaines uses flashbacks in his short story, The Sky is Gray. How do these flashbacks strengthen the story? What connections do you feel with James after reading the flashbacks? Do you feel like you understand and know the characters better after you've read various flashbacks? Why or why not? Do you think that Gaines used flashbacks effectively in the story? Do you think there could have been more flashbacks in the story, or did Gaines use just the right amount? How would the story be different if the author did not use flashbacks? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 7 of The Sky is Gray, there is a conversation between the preacher and a boy in the waiting room. They get into a heated argument and the preacher ends up hitting the boy. Why did the preacher feel it was necessary to take physical action with the boy? Do you think the patrons of the dentist's office cared that the preacher had hit the boy? Why or why not? Do you think hitting the boy helped the preacher find favor with the other people waiting? Did the preacher feel he was right in hitting the boy? Does the preacher think that God finds favor in what he did to the boy? Why or why not?

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