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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 18, what is the name of Fulghum's neighbor who lives up the hill from him?
2. What is contained on the tablet that is in the British Museum that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 32?
3. In Chapter 31, Fulghum says he speaks to a nice lady on the phone who says she has a cold since when?
4. What two things did Beethoven want to be?
5. What does Franklin retort to the bystander who asked what good the balloon was?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Fulghum tell the reader in Chapter 16 to not be mislead by the stories we hear of crookedness and corruption?
2. In Chapter 33, what does Fulghum say is his first clue that Elias Schwartz is the new Haiho Lama?
3. 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?
4. What does the author do in Chapter 28 when his cuckoo clock is not working properly, and what happens to the clock?
5. What kind of fantasy does Fulghum speak about in Chapter 20, and what does it involve?
6. How does Fulghum think people's attitude would be different if dandelions were rare and fragile?
7. Describe Fulghum's relationship with his neighbor Mr. Washington that is discussed in Chapter 18.
8. How does Fulghum explain how the people of imagination mentioned in Chapter 37 stand on one another's shoulders?
9. Describe Fulghum's ride home in an ancient pickup truck in Chapter 17.
10. 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?
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
At the beginning of Fulghum's book, he mentions that as he gets older his credo, or list, has gotten shorter. Why do you think Fulghum spent so much time, effort, and paper keeping track of all his thoughts and personal feelings when he was younger but now feels he does not have to do that anymore? Why do you think Fulghum chose the stories he did to be included in his book? Do you think all Fulghum's stories teach different lessons, or are there some stories that reemphasize what Fulghum has already concluded? Explain your reasoning, and use examples from the book to support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
This book is a collection of some of Robert Fulghum's essays and stories as told from his perspective. How do you think Fulghum's perspective on some of these stories affected the way it was told or even affected the outcome of the story? How would some of the stories be different if they were told through another person's perspective? Explain your answers, and use evidence from the book to support those answers.
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