Mid-Book 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. How many different kinds of macaroni does the gummy lump box consist of?
2. When Fulghum's washer and dryer quit working, where is the laundromat that he has to go to?
3. Fulghum thinks it would be a better world if we all had cookies and milk at what time?
4. When Fulghum writes his personal beliefs down, how many pages does he try to fill?
5. What song does Fulghum claim his neighbor lady reminded him of?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened after Fulghum's washer died on him in the middle of a load of laundry?
2. What does Fulghum claim a detergent for people would clean?
3. Why does Fulghum decide to tell the reader about his favorite place for chicken fried steak?
4. In Chapter 36, what happens when Fulghum stops to help a couple that has a dead car battery and he and the stranded man try to find the battery?
5. Describe how Fulghum listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
6. What does the author do in Chapter 28 when his cuckoo clock is not working properly, and what happens to the clock?
7. In Chapter 34, Fulghum discusses the two items that make up the majority of stuff. What are some of the other miscellaneous items that make up stuff?
8. In Chapter 29, what does the couple that lives across the street from the author buy to ride on, and how does the couple ride it?
9. Describe what the gummy lump box looks like.
10. Describe Fulghum's experience of buying Tony Lama boots at Harry's Store in San Saba.
In Chapter 51, Fulghum discusses Mother Teresa. Why do you think the author waits until the end of the book to tell his story about Mother Teresa? Does her story help conclude Fulghum's book in any way? Why do you think Fulghum says that Mother Teresa has "profoundly disturbed my peace of mind for a long time"? Fulghum even goes as far as to say that she drives him crazy. Why do you think he sets up her story in this manner? Use examples from the book to support your answers.
At the beginning of Fulghum's book, he mentions that as he gets older his credo, or list, has gotten shorter. Why do you think Fulghum spent so much time, effort, and paper keeping track of all his thoughts and personal feelings when he was younger but now feels he does not have to do that anymore? Why do you think Fulghum chose the stories he did to be included in his book? Do you think all Fulghum's stories teach different lessons, or are there some stories that reemphasize what Fulghum has already concluded? Explain your reasoning, and use examples from the book to support your answers.
In Chapter 42 Fulghum talks about the zoo and how animals in the zoo "do what they do and are what they are" and don't ask questions. Which of Fulghum's stories relate to the human want and need to question? Which person or people have questions or "rattles the bars" of his or her cage? Why do you think it is human nature to question and wonder why? What kind of topics does Fulghum write about that would naturally bring up questions and wonderment? Explain your answers, and use specific examples from the book to support your answers.
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