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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 does the narrator throw down from his window on some picketers during his college days?
(a) Cold water.
(b) Water balloons.
(c) Eggs.
(d) A paper airplane.

2. What does the sergeant make Dan Baxter do when he catches Dan smoking?
(a) Smoke the pack of cigarettes with a bucket over his head.
(b) Throw away the cigarettes in the outhouse.
(c) Drench the cigarettes in a bucket of water.
(d) Cut up the cigarettes with a tomahawk.

3. Who is in the car in front of the narrator?
(a) Tourists.
(b) An elderly couple.
(c) College kids.
(d) Newlyweds.

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

5. What are the older campers at the narrator's childhood summer camp called?
(a) Beavers.
(b) Foxes.
(c) Cheetahs.
(d) Wolves.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does the narrator share his favorite snack?

2. The narrator ruminates that the place he is stranded can ___________________.

3. What does the narrator consider the place he is stranded?

4. What is the treasure to be found at the end of the camp season?

5. What is the name of first-year campers at the narrator's childhood summer camp?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the narrator prepare for camp and by what name will his group be called once they get there?

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

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

4. Why was the narrator underwhelmed by his summer camp experience?

5. Name some New Jersey characteristics that make it the butt of comedians' jokes.

6. What prompts the narrator to think of his childhood summer camp days?

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

8. What are some New Jersey highway landmarks the narrator mentions?

9. What was the narrator able to tell about the tailgater following him yesterday?

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

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