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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 kind of tablet is in the British Museum that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 32?
2. In Chapter 36, what is the profession of the man who has the car with the dead battery?
3. When the man in Chapter 16 was testing his theory on whether you can trust people, how many taxi drivers out of thirty-seven cheated him?
4. At what age was Beethoven completely deaf?
5. Fulghum talks about a balloon that came from the gardens of Versailles carrying three things. What were those three things?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened in Chapter 24 when Fulghum tries to organize a game of giants, wizards, and dwarfs?
2. Why does Fulghum tell the reader in Chapter 16 to not be mislead by the stories we hear of crookedness and corruption?
3. What kind of fantasy does Fulghum speak about in Chapter 20, and what does it involve?
4. In Chapter 31, what does Fulghum state he'll do on some December night when he is very rich?
5. Describe Fulghum's ride home in an ancient pickup truck in Chapter 17.
6. In Chapter 33, what does Fulghum say is his first clue that Elias Schwartz is the new Haiho Lama?
7. In Chapter 40, what happens when V.P. Menon arrives in Delhi to seek a job in government?
8. Who is Donnie in Chapter 30, and why does he knock on Fulghum's door?
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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"?
Essay Topic 2
Who is your favorite person in the book? Why did this person appeal to you? What characteristics did you like about this person? Were there any characteristics you didn't like about this person? Why? What does this person add to the particular story that he or she is featured in? How would the story be different if this person did not exist? Would anything remain the same in the story if this person was absent? Why or why not?
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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