About a Boy Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who does Ellie say is on the front of her sweatshirt when Marcus asks about it?

2. How does Will disappoint Marcus in Chapter 29?

3. What creates tension between Fiona and Lindsey in Chapter 23?

4. Why is the Christmas dinner a disaster?

5. Why is Ellie called to the headmistress' office in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marcus defend his visits to Will's house in Chapter 17?

2. What shocks Marcus' classmates in Chapter 21?

3. What do Will and Fiona discuss over a drink in Chapter 18?

4. Who is Rachel?

5. Describe the Christmas dinner in Chapter 22.

6. Why does Marcus become angry at Ellie in Chapter 29?

7. Who argues in Chapter 23?

8. What deal do Marcus and Will make in Chapter 26?

9. How do Ellie and Zoe react in Chapter 21 when Marcus tells them that he knows Ellie was lying to him before?

10. What does Will tell Marcus in Chapter 20 when Marcus tells Will about his run-in with Ellie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is the author of the novel? What are some other works he has written? Describe his writing style.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the setting of the novel. In what way is the setting an important aspect of this story? How might either Will's or Marcus' life have been different if they had not lived in London during this time?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of humor in the novel "About a Boy". What are some examples of humor used in the novel? What types of humor does Hornby use? Why might he use humor?

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