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Robert Fulghum
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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 9, what is the other group that Fulghum mentions, besides merchants, that he counts on?

2. In Chapter 10, Fulghum talks about a certain animal that mates underneath the porch of his lakeside cottage. What kind of animal is he talking about?

3. Where does Fulghum claim wisdom is found?

4. At the end of Chapter 12, what does Fulghum claim would make a good bumper sticker for the eighties?

5. In Fulghum's list of rules in the first chapter, he says you should wash your hands before doing what?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Fulghum was younger what was his list or credo like?

2. What does Fulghum think of the way Charles Boyer ended his life?

3. Describe Fulghum's experience of buying Tony Lama boots at Harry's Store in San Saba.

4. What does Fulghum claim a detergent for people would clean?

5. What was the name of Charles Boyer's wife? What happened to her?

6. What things does Fulghum mention that an abacus is good for?

7. When Fulghum is reading the historical marker in the town square in San Saba in Chapter 6, what do a pair of elderly gentlemen tell him?

8. Describe the lady in Chapter 7 as she comes out of her house.

9. What happened after Fulghum's washer died on him in the middle of a load of laundry?

10. What does Fulghum think we learn from the song "The Eensy-Weensy Spider"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Fulghum ends his book the way he does? Does that help the reader reach a conclusion, or does it leave the reader hanging? Was this Fulghum's intention? Why or why not? Do you think Fulghum could have ended his book any other way? If so, how? If not, why do you think this was the most effective ending?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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