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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 does Franklin retort to the bystander who asked what good the balloon was?
2. When Fulghum is talking about the stuff that is found in our homes, what kind of chunks does he say are found in the stuff?
3. What was painted on the balloon that Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier got to ride in?
4. Fulghum has a hero named Larry Walters. What does Larry Walters do for a living?
5. 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?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 39, Fulghum talks about a list of mysteries that he keeps that's getting longer and longer as he gets older. What are two of these mysteries that he lists in the book?
2. In Chapter 33, what does Fulghum say is his first clue that Elias Schwartz is the new Haiho Lama?
3. How does Fulghum think people's attitude would be different if dandelions were rare and fragile?
4. How does Fulghum explain how the people of imagination mentioned in Chapter 37 stand on one another's shoulders?
5. Who is Donnie in Chapter 30, and why does he knock on Fulghum's door?
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. Describe Fulghum's ride home in an ancient pickup truck in Chapter 17.
9. 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?
10. Why does Fulghum tell the reader in Chapter 16 to not be mislead by the stories we hear of crookedness and corruption?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mr. Washington is mentioned a couple times in the book as Fulghum's neighbor. Fulghum and Mr. Washington seem to share a strong bond even though they have a lot of differences. What are some of Robert Fulghum's and Mr. Washington's differences? What kinds of things bond the two neighbors together? Why do you think these two neighbors were such good friends? Do you think Mr. Washington saw the simple things in life as Robert Fulghum does? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Fulghum mentions games in his book such as hide-and-seek and giants, wizards, and dwarfs. How does Fulghum relate these games to life lessons? What game does Fulghum mention he likes better than hide-and-seek, and why does he say he likes it better? Why does Fulghum want the kid who is hiding really well to get found? What does this phrase "get found" mean to Fulghum? What did the little girl wanting to be a mermaid change about Fulghum's outlook on his game and on life?
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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