Tobacco Road 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 does Jeeter fix Lov's problems with Pearl?

2. Why had Lov refused to marry Ellie May?

3. What is Ellie May doing when Lov leaves?

4. Who is Jeeter and Ada's son who runs a business?

5. Where would Jeeter take Ellie May to see a doctor if he decided to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lov's visit with the turnips almost torturous for Jeeter?

2. Why has Jeeter never ventured out to find work after the farm failed?

3. What do the physical deformities of the characters seem to mirror?

4. What does Sister Bessie do before she and Dude proceed to the courthouse for a marriage license?

5. What is the irony of Jeeter's situation of living on land his family once owned?

6. What distracts Lov from his bag of turnips?

7. What does Sister Bessie also seem to have an obsession with?

8. Why is Jeeter and Ada's lack of concern about Dude marrying Sister Bessie so strange?

9. What is Lov's problem about choosing between Pearl and Ellie May?

10. How does Jeeter justify Ellie May's illicit behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Caldwell is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book TOBACCO ROAD? Cite an example to support your answer.

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