The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Esau's father exploits his son's psychic abilities where in "The Sight"?

2. Who attempted to take away the gas station in order to fulfill a debt in "Justice"?

3. What does Esau's mother believe Esau should do with his psychic abilities in "The Sight"?

4. In what Classical work is the mythological Ajax notable for his abundant strength and courage, seen particularly in two fights with Hector?

5. Esau warns his father that the men from whom he borrowed money intend to do what in "The Sight"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leddy attempt to communicate with Nealy after he's found? What does she discover?

2. What does Leddy notice about her son after he's returned? What appears in the night?

3. How did Lester die? What symbolism surrounds his death in "The 11:59"?

4. Why was Nealy returned in "Boo Mama"? Why is he taken away again?

5. What leads Hoop to confess in "Justice"? What happens to the windows?

6. Who researches the story of Henri in "The Legend of Pin Oak" years later? What does she find?

7. Who takes over Grady's route 25 years in the future in "The Woman in the Snow"? What does he encounter?

8. How does Lester attempt to avoid his fate in "The 11:59"? Does he?

9. What encounter does Grady have on his way back to the bus depot in "The Woman in the Snow"?

10. What is Ajax adept at using in "We Organized"? How is this revealed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the characters of Hoop Granger and Alvin Tinsley in "Justice." What history do these characters have with one another?

Essay Topic 2

Identify and analyze the elements of symbolism in "The Legend of Pin Oak." What do the birds represent in the ending of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the plot structure of "Justice" and analyze the events which take place in the climax and denouement of the story. Why does Hoop confess? What supernatural elements are in place in the story?

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