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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 Bird go after he gets dressed?

2. What comes over Bird as he waits for the bus?

3. What is the state of mind of the main character?

4. What does Bird do as he reads a short story to his class?

5. How old is Bird?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What seems to exaggerate Bird's feelings of inadequacy at the arcade?

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

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

5. Waking up sick with a hangover, what does Bird think might serve as partial restitution for the baby's dire situation?

6. What advice does Bird's mother-in-law give him regarding visiting his wife?

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

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

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

10. How does Bird learn that his child has a problem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the conflict between Bird and his wife. What are the main sources of the conflicts? Why does it perpetuate? Why does the conflict between Bird and his wife occur shortly after their marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what it means that Bird is a man who keeps running away. In what areas does Bird seemingly fail? How does Bird feel about these failures? What is the turning point where Bird refuses to run away any longer?

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