The Water Is Wide 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. The children are transported by what during the Halloween festivities?

2. Who protests the showing of films to students?

3. Why does Mrs. Brown make Pat Conroy principal of the school?

4. Who is the "first decent teacher" the deputy superintendent hired?

5. What type of large snake does the island house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What things go wrong on the Halloween trip to South Carolina?

2. What things go right on the Halloween trip to South Carolina?

3. Describe Yamacraw Island.

4. Why does Pat Conroy express surprise upon learning that children of Yamacraw never celebrate Halloween?

5. Physically describe Bennington.

6. According to Piedmont, how has Jesus changed him?

7. What revelation helps Pat Conroy realize the Stones are frighteningly racist?

8. Explain why the Yamacraw oyster trade fell apart.

9. What types of books have church groups provided for the public library in Yamacraw?

10. Why did Ted Stone close his restaurant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the relationships between whites and blacks during the time period of "The Water is Wide."

1) What time period is it and what is happening politically in the United States?

2) How do whites feel about blacks?

3) How do blacks feel about whites?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the island of Yamacraw.

1) What does it look like physically?

2) What is the mentality of those who live there?

3) What does it offer, and what does it lack?

Essay Topic 3

Although the Halloween trip to South Carolina is a wonderful experience for the children of Yamacraw, Pat Conroy and his friends create a false reality of race relations for the children on their visit. Based on this, write a brief essay taking a stand that the Halloween experience is either good or bad for the children, citing examples from the text.

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