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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. In Chapter 15, what game does Fulghum claim he likes better than hide-and-seek?
2. Fulghum says that no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world it is best to do what?
3. Fulghum tells the reader that he visited San Saba to court a lady, but even after he and the lady were over he still went there for what reason?
4. What two words of wisdom does Fulghum's lawyer friend tell him?
5. How many different kinds of macaroni does the gummy lump box consist of?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Fulghum was younger what was his list or credo like?
2. In Chapter 6, why does Fulghum say that goat roping is some entertainment?
3. Who is Charles Boyer? Why does Fulghum mention his story?
4. What things does Fulghum mention that an abacus is good for?
5. What does Fulghum claim a detergent for people would clean?
6. In the Solomon Islands what is some villagers' special way of logging?
7. Describe the lady in Chapter 7 as she comes out of her house.
8. In Chapter 13, Fulghum talks about introducing his godchild to the good things in life. What are some of those things that Fulghum says he'll introduce to his godchild?
9. How does Fulghum's lawyer friend whom he mentions in Chapter 12 travel?
10. What does Fulghum think we learn from the song "The Eensy-Weensy Spider"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Even though Fulghum jumps from story to story and doesn't really go in any type of chronological order, does the book still seem to flow when you read it? Why or why not? After reading only short stories about so many different times, places, and individuals, was there enough to interest you as a reader and keep you wanting more as you read the book? If so, how does Fulghum create this in his writing? If not, why were you not interested or involved with the book and people? Why do you think Robert Fulghum wrote the book the way he did with short stories and short chapters? Explain your reasoning.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 32, Fulghum discusses the clay tablet in the British Museum that contains a census. Discuss some of the facts that Fulghum talks about concerning the earth's mass and people as they relate to each other. Why do you think Fulghum discusses the mass of the earth versus people and the quality of people in the first place? What is Locard's Exchange Principle, and how does it play a role in Fulghum's story? What does Fulghum mean when he says, "We are the stuff of stars"?
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