The Water Is Wide Test | Final 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. Pat Conroy challenges the troublemakers in class to what sport?

2. What does Mrs. Brown tell the children she's tired of after lecturing about hygiene?

3. Pat Conroy wishes for what at the beginning of Chapter 10?

4. What animal moves into Pat Conroy's house in Chapter 8?

5. What does Pat Conroy raise money for by working at the Desegregation Center?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pat Conroy lose his job permanently?

2. By Chapter 11, why might the neighbors object to Pat Conroy and Barbara?

3. Who protests Pat Conroy's dismissal from his job?

4. What does Pat Conroy realize at the end of Chapter 8?

5. Why is domestic violence common on the island?

6. How is Mrs. Brown affected by the power of being principal?

7. Why does Pat Conroy allow teachers from the mainland into his classroom?

8. How does Pat Conroy pay for the trip to Washington D.C. and why?

9. In Chapter 8, why does the administration refuse to let Pat Conroy speak at the school board meeting?

10. Why do the people on Yamacraw Island drink?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a brief essay analyzing the way some whites are willing to be taken advantage of in "The Water is Wide", simply to prove they are against racism.

1) Who are some of the whites taken advantage of in "The Water is Wide?"

2) Why do they allow this happen?

3) How does their behavior effect the blacks on Yamacraw Island?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Pat Conroy's teaching method on the island of Yamacraw.

1) In what way is he non-traditional?

2) What type of education does he offer?

3) How do the students respond to his teaching?

(see the answer keys)

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