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. Why does Dr. Piedmont object to Pat Conroy's use of gas for the boat?

2. After Pat Conroy's river rides, his feet would turn what color?

3. What derogatory name was Dr. Piedmont called as a kid?

4. Why does Pat Conroy sometimes travel the river in bad weather?

5. Pat Conroy believes he must learn to accept what, because it's everywhere?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pat Conroy decide to commute to the island?

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

3. Why does Pat Conroy lose his job permanently?

4. How does Pat Conroy's popularity as a teacher affect Mrs. Brown?

5. How does Dr. Piedmont treat Pat Conroy in his second year at Yamacraw Island and why?

6. What type of relationship does Mrs. Brown have with her students?

7. Why is domestic violence common on the island?

8. What does Pat Conroy talk about in front of the school board in Chapter 11?

9. What is the reaction of the children to the domestic violence on the island?

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

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

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 3

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.

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