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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. British forces hang a farmer named Bainbridge because they find what hidden on his property?
(a) American coinage
(b) A psychiatric evaluation
(c) The "sweet" rifle that McManus built
(d) Cannon powder and lead

2. How long does it take Cornish McManus to manufacture the barrel of his "sweet" rifle?
(a) Six months
(b) He doesn't manufacture it--he buys it
(c) Two years
(d) Four hours

3. What does Sarah hope to do with John Byam's "sweet" rifle?
(a) Make copies of it
(b) Use it to assassinate Colonel Bainbridge
(c) Sell it for money
(d) Give it to one of her sons

4. What is the name of the part of a flintlock rifle that holds the priming charge?
(a) The hammer
(b) The patch box
(c) The bolster
(d) The pan

5. In the rifle that Cornish McManus builds, the flint strikes a piece of metal called what?
(a) The pan
(b) The frizzen
(c) The patch box
(d) The hammer

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of shot is Cornish McManus?

2. How much does Tim Harrow pay for the "sweet" rifle when he buys it at an Arkansas gun show?

3. What type of soldiers does John Byam prefer to kill?

4. According to the novel, how much would the "sweet" rifle be worth if its provenance were known and proved?

5. What type of heel drop does Cornish McManus use on the butt stock of his "sweet" rifle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does John Byam use the "sweet" rifle for?

2. In order to fire properly, the following things must be true: "the powder is dry and in good shape" (p. 16); "the flint is clean and with a new sharp edge" (p. 16); "the frizzen is wiped dry" (p. 16); "the spring on the hammer is strong" (p. 16); "the flint [slams] hard against the frizzen" (p. 16); "the powder is positioned correctly in the pan" (p. 17). Explain how all of these things happen to occur on Christmas Eve, 1993.

3. Do you think that John Byam "got his money's worth" out of the "sweet" rifle?

4. Why does Cornish McManus decide to sell the "sweet" rifle, one of his most-cherished possessions?

5. Why does John Byam kill the first British officer that he kills?

6. What types of uses is Cornish McManus' "sweet" rifle put to during the novel?

7. The cover image of several common editions of the book shows a left-handed flintlock rifle. Does the book describe the rifle as being left-handed?

8. Why do the British hang Cornish McManus?

9. The "sweet" rifle shoots a .40 caliber ball; most rifles of the period shot a much, much larger ball. Does the small caliber of the "sweet" rifle reduce its killing capability?

10. Describe how the British are presented in the novel.

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