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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Dave keep his parents belongings?

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

3. What is Dave afraid of disrepecting in this chapter?

4. Why does Dave have to move out of the apartment in this chapter?

5. Who does Dave say stares at him during the Little League games?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dave's search for his wallet.

3. What does Dave think about as he holds ice to his mother's nose?

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

5. How does a group of Mexican children harass Dave and Meredith in Chapter 5?

6. What problems do Toph and Dave have living together?

7. Give an example of Dave and Toph's being late.

8. Why doesn't Dave like telling people why he has to look after Toph?

9. Summarize Chapter 3.

10. Describe Dave's father's funeral.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Dave's relationship with his parents.

1) Why does Dave hold his mother in much higher regard than his father?

2) How have Dave's parents affected his personality and the decisions he makes in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Dave's relationship with Toph.

1) In what way is Dave in danger of smothering his younger brother?

2) In what way does Dave need Toph as much as Toph needs him?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Eggers use character and setting to express his themes?

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