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Rick Bragg
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was meant by the quote "didn't have no papers on him."?
(a) The hospital did not have papers on the dead baby.
(b) The baby was never christened.
(c) No records were kept of dead babies.
(d) The baby never existed.

2. What school did Rick attend at the age of 33?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Yale.
(d) Cornell.

3. How long after quitting high school did Margaret get her GED?
(a) Twenty-five years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Five years.
(d) Twenty years.

4. Why did Rick love his 1969 convertible so much in high school?
(a) It made him feel equal to the other high school kids.
(b) The other guys loved it, so they paid attention to him.
(c) It allowed him to escape his small town.
(d) It allowed him to get the pretty girls.

5. How long did Rick have the 1969 convertible?
(a) All of high school.
(b) Two weeks.
(c) Six months.
(d) His whole life.

6. How would Bobby Bragg fix his hip when it went out on him?
(a) He would go to the doctor.
(b) He would drink a lot of whiskey.
(c) His wife would pull his leg until it popped back in.
(d) He would have his sons pull his leg.

7. What did the poor black family down the road do for Rick's family?
(a) They brought them corn to eat.
(b) They brought them bread to eat.
(c) They invited them over for dinner.
(d) They invited them to their church.

8. What kind of a man is Rick's bother, Sam?
(a) Hard drinker and fighter.
(b) Successful.
(c) Hard worker.
(d) Criminal.

9. What did Rick find himself wishing for at the funeral home?
(a) A way to spend more time with his mother.
(b) God.
(c) Another day with his grandmother.
(d) Heaven.

10. Why did Rick tell his family's story?
(a) To make his brothers feel better.
(b) To make himself feel better.
(c) To record his mother's sacrifices.
(d) To forgive his father.

11. What did the redbird do that makes Rick question life?
(a) It hurled itself into a pool.
(b) It threw its baby from the nest.
(c) It attacked its own reflection.
(d) It flew into a glass door.

12. What crime did John Sparks commit?
(a) Arson.
(b) Theft.
(c) Rape.
(d) Murder.

13. What did the box contain that Rick's father gave to him on his last visit?
(a) Car magazines.
(b) Ammunition.
(c) Classical literature.
(d) Dirty books.

14. What work did Rick begin in junior high?
(a) Working in Uncle Ed's store.
(b) Moving dirt and clearing land.
(c) Cleaning stalls.
(d) Hauling trash.

15. What did Margaret mean when she told Sam and Mark that Rick is "travelin'"?
(a) He was daydreaming.
(b) He was taking a walk.
(c) He was reading another book.
(d) He was having a seizure.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Margaret bury Rick's muddy sneakers?

2. What did Margaret eat when the children were small?

3. What did momma lecture Rick about on the rare occasions that she lectured?

4. What did Rick's father teach him that helped him get to his job as a reporter even though many saw him as a loser?

5. What did Rick tell his first girlfriend about his family?

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