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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. Bird and Himiko reminisce about ____________________________.

2. Where does Bird work?

3. What is the baby's prognosis?

4. Bird encounters a man whose baby has no ________________.

5. What does Africa represent in Bird's life now?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the altercation Bird has with a student in his class after Bird vomits.

2. What is significant about Bird's hangover and vomiting in class?

3. How does the doctor exhibit insensitivity toward Bird about the baby on the way to the hospital?

4. At what stage is Bird in his journey of personal transformation at this point?

5. Why did the author give names to only a few of the characters?

6. How is Bird's encounter with the gang a boost to his flailing ego?

7. What does Bird learn about the child's birth when he calls his mother-in-law?

8. Who are the people who Bird encounters when he gets to the maternity hospital?

9. What is Bird's state of mind at the beginning of the book and what does the first chapter signify for his life?

10. What is unusual about the doctor who speaks to Bird about the baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are only a few characters in the book who have names. Why does the author choose to name the characters he does? What point is the author trying to make by not giving names to the other characters? Why is it significant that the baby does not have a name until late in the story?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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