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. How many employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company began a wildcat strike in response to recent reductions in wages, which led to the Pullman Strike?

2. The mayor in "Justice" announces that Alvin Tinsley died how?

3. When Harper realizes he cannot sell his brother, who does he decide to sell to the slave dealers instead in "The Legend of Pin Oak"?

4. Which of the following is true of Ajax in "We Organized"?

5. Henri's mother was what in "The Legend of Pin Oak"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harper attempt to sell Henri in "The Legend of Pin Oak"? Why doesn't he?

2. How do Esau's parents each react to their son's gift in "The Sight"?

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

4. What does Hoop experience after the murder of Alvin Tinsley in "Justice"?

5. What stories does Lester regale in "The 11:59"?

6. How does Harper die in "The Legend of Pin Oak"?

7. Where does Esau send his family for fear of a fire in "The Sight"? Where does the fire take place?

8. How does Lester know he's heard the 11:59? What does this train whistle mean?

9. Upon what stories is "We Organized" derived?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify and analyze the structural elements of "We Organized," including exposition, rising action, climax and denouement. What are character actions and objectives and how do they drive the story forward?

Essay Topic 2

Describe George Pullman, the Pullman Car Company and The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. When did the first black union organize and what obstacles did they face?

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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