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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. Where does Dave sleep in this chapter?
(a) A railway station
(b) The hospital
(c) A bus station
(d) His girlfriend's house

2. Who does Dave call for advice on his mother's nose bleed?
(a) The nurse
(b) The doctor
(c) Beth
(d) His father

3. What does Beth talk her mother into doing?
(a) Sleep
(b) Leaving home
(c) Going to the hospital
(d) Going to work

4. What usually prompts Dave and Toph to tidy the house?
(a) When they run out of clean plates
(b) The smell
(c) A visit form Beth
(d) When Dave has a date

5. What does Dave decide to tell for the first time when a mother at Toph's school asks about his situation?
(a) A lie
(b) A joke
(c) His opinion on life
(d) The truth

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of people are in the car Dave has to identify?

2. Who is Dave watching TV with in this chapter?

3. What does Toph join in this chapter?

4. What kind of women does Dave currently like to date?

5. What do Dave and Toph leave on the coffee table for weeks at a time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dave feel when he finally leaves Toph with a babysitter?

2. Summarize Chapter 4.

3. Describe Dave's father's funeral.

4. Summarize Chapter 3.

5. What problems does Dave have cooking?

6. How does Dave help his mother in the first chapter?

7. How do the police deal with Dave's stolen wallet in Chapter 5?

8. In what way does Dave struggle with the memory of his parents in Chapter 4?

9. What is Dave and Beth's plan?

10. What different directions do the characters take in Chapter 2?

(see the answer keys)

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