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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. Einstein is quoted as saying that something is more important than information. What did Einstein say was more important than information?
2. Fulghum says that if the population of the earth were to increase at the present rate, then by what year would the total mass of humans be equal to the mass of the earth?
3. In Chapter 27, Fulghum tells the reader that he knows what he wants for Christmas and he's known since he was forty. What is it that Fulghum wants?
4. 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?
5. In Chapter 23, when Fulghum finds out that his barber has left, what does Fulghum say it feels like?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 28, why does Robert Fulghum buy a cuckoo clock?
2. Why does Fulghum tell the reader in Chapter 16 to not be mislead by the stories we hear of crookedness and corruption?
3. In Chapter 40, what happens when V.P. Menon arrives in Delhi to seek a job in government?
4. Who is Donnie in Chapter 30, and why does he knock on Fulghum's door?
5. What does Fulghum say will happen if you put a bunch of the stuff mentioned in Chapter 34 in a jar with water?
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. What kind of fantasy does Fulghum speak about in Chapter 20, and what does it involve?
9. Describe how Fulghum listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
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
Of all the stories that Fulghum tells in his book, what are your three favorite stories and why? Explain the reason for picking each one of these stories and why you are drawn to it. How do you think these three favorite stories of yours changed Fulghum's life? Do you think Fulghum changed at all during the events of these stories, or did he ponder and change afterward? If so, how and why?
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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