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. What does Pat Conroy do to try and keep his job?

2. When Pat Conroy is first fired, Dr. Piedmont accuses him of what charge?

3. How many straps does Mrs. Brown carry with her?

4. Why did Uncle Charlie cut his cat's head off?

5. When do Pat Conroy and Barbara get married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are the scenes where the parents object to the children going to Washington D.C. familiar?

5. Why is domestic violence common on the island?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a personality portrait of Pat Conroy.

1) What does he look like physically?

2) What is his history?

2) What does he plan to accomplish at Yamacraw?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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