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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what job does the narrator get selected on the train?
(a) Guard duty.
(b) Communications.
(c) Surveillance.
(d) KP duty.

2. What New Jersey food did the narrator eat while in Colorado?
(a) Spaghetti.
(b) Pizza.
(c) Hot dogs.
(d) Steaks.

3. According to the narrator, behind all the gaudiness of New Jersey lies ____________________.
(a) A human striving for something grand.
(b) Endless subdivisions.
(c) People struggling to survive.
(d) More gaudiness.

4. How does the chubby Chipmunk retaliate against Captain Crabtree's authoritarian manner?
(a) He spits on him.
(b) He vomits on him.
(c) He bites him.
(d) He kicks him in the groin.

5. Where does the narrator think many great ideas are invented?
(a) In Algebra classes.
(b) On the toilet.
(c) At family reunions.
(d) At MIT.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the narrator as this chapter begins?

2. Camp demerits result in the loss of privileges such as _______________.

3. What is the name of the lodge to which the narrator is assigned?

4. What could the narrator tell about the tailgater?

5. To the narrator, New Jersey symbolizes ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does New Jersey symbolize American culture for the narrator?

2. Describe the narrator's experience on cleanup detail at camp.

3. Describe the experience of Dan Baxter being punished for smoking cigarettes.

4. How does the narrator make comparisons between Skunk from summer camp and Umbaugh from college?

5. What does the narrator think about the New Jersey traffic circles?

6. In what circumstances does the narrator find himself as the novel opens and how does he perceive his circumstances?

7. How is the narrator--as an observer of life--typically different from people like Umbaugh and Skunk?

8. Why was forestcraft so boring to the narrator and his friends?

9. What happened to Big Al during the contest and what does the narrator realize about Umbaugh's actions years later?

10. How does the narrator's experience on the troop train parallel his journey through the Lincoln Tunnel and how does he cope with such circumstances?

(see the answer keys)

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