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. What sport goes violently wrong when Pat Conroy tries to teach it?

2. Where does Bernie Schein get shipped to?

3. To Pat Conroy, what makes the Skimberry's interesting people?

4. What could interfere with Lou's mail delivery on the island?

5. What is Ted Stone's attitude when first meeting Pat Conroy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of things have the students at Yamacraw school not been taught?

2. How does Ted Stone feel about killing men while at war?

3. How did Thomas anger the whites when he was young?

4. Why are the parents against Pat Conroy's idea to take the children off the island to celebrate Halloween?

5. Although Mrs. Brown bans Joe and Jim from the school due to a lack of credentials, what is her real concern about their presence in the classroom?

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

7. Describe Yamacraw Island.

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

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

10. For what purpose does Pat Conroy attempt to give the students a classical music education?

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

Write an essay supporting or refuting the following statement, citing examples from the text: Mrs. Brown abuses her power at the school on Yamacraw Island.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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