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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is the woman that Laura calls a "bitch"?
2. Why is Buddy angry with Laura?
3. How often does Essie go to church?
4. What does Laura do when she comes into the jail and is locked up?
5. What happens when Buddy speaks crudely about how young the "bitch" is?
Essay Topic 1
Chapter 12, "Dyed in the Wool" is a very significant theme in this novel. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research and explain the phrase "dyed in the wool." Where did it come from? What century? What was its original meaning? What has it come to mean now as an aphorism?
2. How does this phrase describe Essie at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.
3. How does this phrase describe Laura at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.
4. How can the phrase "dyed in the wool" be either a positive characteristic of someone or a negative? Give a couple examples from your own life.
Essay Topic 2
Street Corner preaching is a tradition that started at the time of Christ and still continues to be done in many places both in the United States and other countries. Essie and Laura begin their ministry as street-corner preachers. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. How would you define street-corner preaching? Do Essie and Laura fit your definition?
2. What are possible advantages and disadvantages of street-corner preaching? Was Essie and Laura's method of street-corner preaching effective?
3. Besides religion, what other ways is street-corner preaching used today? Would you stop and listen to a street-corner preacher? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The theme of morality is woven throughout this novel and is an integral part of understanding both the characters and the plot. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. How would you define morality as it is used in this novel?
2. Do all the characters have the same definition of morality? How do the characters differ in the way they perceive morality and in how they perceive themselves as moral people?
3. How important is it to Essie, Laura and Buddy that they are perceived as moral people? Give examples to illustrate each person's belief. How important is it to each of those characters that they are actually moral people? Is there a discrepancy? Why do you think this is?
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