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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. What does Dave do before the girl can tell the story to anyone else?

2. Who goes with Toph to his Little League games?

3. What does Dave's tragic story make him feel like?

4. Where does Dave keep his parents belongings?

5. What is Dave struggling with in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dave's search for his wallet.

2. How does Dave's disorganization affect Toph?

3. What is Dave and Beth's plan?

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

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

6. Summarize Chapter 4.

7. Describe Dave's father's funeral.

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

9. Why does Dave struggle to discard of some of his parent possessions?

10. What does Dave decide to do instead of finding a job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of an editor.

1) What is the role of a editor? What different kinds of editors are there?

2) How much say does an editor has with what goes into a publication?

3) In what way does Dave have the right characteristics to succeed as an editor?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Dave's obsession with death.

1) How does Dave's obsession with death affect the people around him?

2) How does Dave's obsession with death affect his life in general?

3) In what way can Dave use his obsession with death in a positive way?

Essay Topic 3

What major events had a profound effect on Eggers' life and how did they change him? What does Eggers still have to learn by the end of the book?

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