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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. Who knocks Gil out?

2. Who is the first to become unconscious as a result?

3. What information does Major Tetley bring with him?

4. Why are Art and Gil suspected in the recent cattle thefts?

5. Why is Farnley even more agitated?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Smith do while they are waiting that backfires on him?

2. What does Davies believe that Farnley should do, and how many men agree with him?

3. Who was the only man in the region who would willingly ride a mule, and why?

4. Why have Art and Gil been away from Bridger's Wells for so long?

5. Other than the houses that dot the landscape, what businesses exist in Bridger's Wells?

6. What ritual conversation do Gil and Canby engage in every time Gil arrives?

7. What is the one subject that Winder seemed to always get around to harping about, and why?

8. Why is Gil so angry and disappointed when he learns that Rose has already left Bridger's Wells?

9. What is Gil looking forward to most about getting back to Bridger's Wells this spring?

10. What do the bulk of the men assembling to ride with Farnley believe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do Gil and Art head immediately for Canby's saloon? Who is Gil looking for? What does he discover? Why is he upset when he discovers the whereabouts of Rose? What had Gil hoped for? What were his intentions with Rose? How does the reader know this? What does this information tell Art about Gil's frame of mind?

Essay Topic 2

How does Art feel about the conversation he has with Gerald? What do he and Gerald have in common? Might his feelings about the conversation stem from his own doubts? How does he handle Gerald's diatribe? What stand does he take with Gerald to quiet him. What makes Art most sore about the whole conversation? What is Gerald's definition of Hell?

Essay Topic 3

Which of the passengers in the stage surprises the men in the posse? What is more surprising than this passenger's presence? How is Gil affected? What is Art urged to do and why? How does he respond? What is the reason for his decision? How does he hold up after the stage leaves? Who approaches Gil with a barely disguised warning? How does Gil respond?

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