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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 color of BMW motorcycle does Fulghum claim feels like him?
2. What color of Mercedes does Fulghum claim feels like him?
3. What two things did Beethoven want to be?
4. What does Fulghum say is his solace from depression?
5. What kind of tablet is in the British Museum that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 32?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 20, what kind of people does Fulghum say he lives in awe of?
2. In Chapter 36, what are some of the deadly mixtures that Fulghum and his newfound stranded friend discuss?
3. 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?
4. Describe Larry Walters' contraption that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 38 and what he has with him as he floats over Los Angeles.
5. In Chapter 28, why does Robert Fulghum buy a cuckoo clock?
6. In Chapter 19, when Mr. Washington comes over to Fulghum's home and starts spraying the dandelions, what kind of discussion does this spark?
7. 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?
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. Describe Fulghum's relationship with his neighbor Mr. Washington that is discussed in Chapter 18.
10. Describe Fulghum's ride home in an ancient pickup truck in Chapter 17.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Describe Donnie's character from Chapter 30. Which of Donnie's qualities makes it hard for Fulghum to turn down his raking inquiry? What was Donnie's work ethic like? Even though Robert Fulghum didn't really want his leaves raked, do you think he was glad that he hired Donnie to help? If so, in what ways? Why do you think Donnie didn't charge Fulghum more money than his normal rate even though Fulghum's yard was abnormally full of leaves? What does this say about Donnie's character and desire to work? Explain your answers.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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