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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. What city did the man test the theory that no one can be trusted in Chapter 16?
2. In the beginning of Chapter 35, Fulghum states that he doesn't kill what?
3. In Chapter 36, what is the profession of the man who has the car with the dead battery?
4. What kind of shoes is the Indian wearing who enters the tavern?
5. Fulghum tells the nice lady on the phone in Chapter 31 that he has depression lows that are so low he needs what to get out of them?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 20, what kind of people does Fulghum say he lives in awe of?
2. Describe how Fulghum listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
3. 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?
4. In Chapter 27, what does the man with scrooge-itis say about receiving gifts?
5. 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?
6. Describe Larry Walters' contraption that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 38 and what he has with him as he floats over Los Angeles.
7. What does Fulghum say will happen if you put a bunch of the stuff mentioned in Chapter 34 in a jar with water?
8. 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?
9. In Chapter 31, what does Fulghum state he'll do on some December night when he is very rich?
10. How does Fulghum think people's attitude would be different if dandelions were rare and fragile?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
How do you think Fulghum's interactions with children in his stories help emphasize the idea behind the book? How does Fulghum capture the innocence and honesty of children in his stories? Even in their worst form (when the boys are trying to kill all the moths) how does Fulghum still make the children he writes about endearing? Do you think Fulghum truly feels this way about children? Why or why not? 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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