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. While James is walking with his Mama from the dentist's office In Chapter 11, who does he think about that can make everyone laugh?

3. While James and his Mama are walking away from the dentist's office for the second time, what does James see bouncing?

4. What time is it on the clock that James sees at the beginning of Chapter 10?

5. What does the lady in the cafe put down on the counter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the story, The Sky is Gray, Mama takes James into a cafe to get warm and buy some food. After Mama and James get their food and start to eat, the man in the cafe asks Mama to dance. Mama ends up throwing the man against the wall. Why do you think Mama agreed to dance with the man when obviously she didn't want to? Why didn't Mama let James jump in to help her with the man? Why do you think Mama threw the man up against the wall? Why do you think the man asked Mama to dance in the first place?

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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