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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. What food does the narrator dish out when he is working on the train?
(a) Beans.
(b) Eggs.
(c) Meat loaf.
(d) Gravy.

2. How does the narrator view the foibles of mankind in his corner of the world?
(a) With hate.
(b) With irritation.
(c) With disregard.
(d) With love.

3. In what city landmark is the narrator stalled?
(a) Brooklyn Bridge.
(b) Empire State Building.
(c) Lincoln Tunnel.
(d) Chrysler Building.

4. What was the truck in front of the narrator carrying?
(a) Flattened cars.
(b) Milk.
(c) Chemicals.
(d) Tires.

5. What does Umbaugh offer to do after the contest?
(a) Do his friends' laundry.
(b) Wash the narrator's car.
(c) Take an exam for Big Al.
(d) Buy breakfast for his friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the train onto which the men are loaded?

2. According to the narrator, New Jersey residents are chronic _______________.

3. Which one of the men in the army company stuffs candy bars into his luggage?

4. What do the boys fear as they try to get to sleep?

5. In what conditions did Balzac write?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Proust and Balzac block out the world and what does that same thing for the narrator?

2. What are the rules of the contest Umbaugh suggested?

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

4. Why does the book never mention the narrator's wartime experiences?

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

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

7. What is the premise of A FISTFUL OF FIG NEWTONS?

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

9. Describe some of the projects created in leathercraft.

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

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