Short Essay Questions
1. What is wrong with Dave's mother at the beginning of Chapter 1?
2. How does Dave help his mother in the first chapter?
3. Why does Dave call a nurse rather than take his mother to the hospital?
4. What does Dave think about as he holds ice to his mother's nose?
5. Describe Dave's father's funeral.
6. What is Dave and Beth's plan?
7. What different directions do the characters take in Chapter 2?
8. What does Dave decide to do instead of finding a job?
9. Why does Dave feel uncomfortable when he takes Toph to Little League games?
10. Why does Dave think it is important to go to the gym?
11. Summarize the second chapter.
12. What problems do Toph and Dave have living together?
13. How does Dave's situation change at the beginning of chapter 3?
14. How does Dave's disorganization affect Toph?
15. What problems does Dave have cooking?
16. Give an example of Dave and Toph's being late.
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