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. Sister Bessie likes to think of herself as _______________.

2. How does Jeeter fix Lov's problems with Pearl?

3. What does Ada prefer to food these days?

4. Why is Lov concerned about Pearl?

5. Which of the Lester children has ambition?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. At whose home does Lov stop on the way home from town and what is he carrying with him?

4. Who is Ellie May and why did Lov not choose her for his wife?

5. What distracts Lov from his bag of turnips?

6. Why is Jeeter working on his car today?

7. How many children have Jeeter and Ada had and what does Jeeter know about their lives now?

8. Who does Jeeter think Pearl is most like?

9. What does Sister Bessie tell Jeeter about her remarrying?

10. Why has Jeeter never had the proper treatment for Ellie May's physical defect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Caldwell use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in TOBACCO ROAD. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the Lester family disintegrate in its lack of support of each other? How has Jeeter failed as the patriarchal figure in the novel? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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