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. How long after Pat Conroy stops teaching does he write The Water is Wide?

2. When does graduation take place on Yamacraw Island?

3. What happens in January that hasn't happened on Yamacraw Island since 1952?

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

5. Zeke jokes Pat Conroy should be careful of what, in the cold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the people on Yamacraw Island drink?

2. Why does Pat Conroy want to get along with Mrs. Brown?

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

4. What method of teaching does Pat Conroy claim to use to appease Mrs. Brown?

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

6. What health risks does Pat Conroy endure while commuting during the winter?

7. Why is Mrs. Brown against the kids taking a trip to Washington D.C.?

8. Why does Mrs. Brown always mention she is part Cherokee Indian?

9. What is Pat Conroy struggling with at the beginning of Chapter 10?

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

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 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

Write an essay examining the idea of violence as a part of the culture on Yamacraw Island.

1) Why are the people violent?

2) Who are they violent towards?

3) How does this violence add to their oppression?

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