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. Who in South Carolina sent the kids letters after their Halloween trip?

2. Who shot Saul's dog?

3. Where did the children compete for prizes during Halloween?

4. In Chapter One, Pat Conroy had not yet heard back from what organization?

5. What prevents the group from returning to Yamacraw Island after Halloween?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Brown object to singing into the tape recorder in the classroom?

2. Why is the library in Yamacraw school ironic?

3. What social action did Pat Conroy take after Martin Luther King was shot?

4. Describe Yamacraw Island.

5. What does Bennington warn Pat Conroy of on his first expedition to the island?

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

7. Why did Ted Stone close his restaurant?

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

9. What does Bennington say about his personal relationship with colored people?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Create a detailed portrait of the educational opportunities offered to the blacks on Yamacraw island.

1) What is the state of education?

2) What public resources are available, and are they ironic?

3) How can the residents of Yamacraw put into practice the education they receive?

Essay Topic 3

Create an argument for or against the following statement, citing examples from the text: Pat Conroy fails to set an example against racism on Yamacraw Island.

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