All Over but the Shoutin' Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rick regret about his grandfather?
(a) That he never met him.
(b) That he wasn't harder on his father.
(c) That he didn't do better by his daughter.
(d) That he wasn't there when he shot a woman through her breasts.

2. What happened in the country store when Rick went in to buy drinks while working one summer?
(a) Rick was embarrassed because he does not have enough money.
(b) The proprietor felt sorry for him and gives him a free soda.
(c) The proprietor accused him of stealing a soda.
(d) Rick dropped and broke a bottle which he cannot afford.

3. What did Margaret expect Rick's father to do after she poured his whiskey down the drain?
(a) Find more likker.
(b) Leave.
(c) Stop drinking.
(d) Hit her.

4. In 1971 what did the fraternity do at Christmas?
(a) They had a party for the poor children.
(b) They brought Christmas trees to the poor children.
(c) They took the poor children to the soup kitchen.
(d) They collected toys for the poor children.

5. How did Charles kill the assassin in Korea?
(a) He shot him.
(b) He strangled him.
(c) He drowned him.
(d) He stabbed him.

6. 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.

7. How old was Charles when he died?
(a) 61.
(b) 51.
(c) 41.
(d) 31.

8. What does Rick say about this book?
(a) That everyone should read it.
(b) That it is a story meant only for his family.
(c) That it is not important.
(d) That he wrote it for himself.

9. What famous singer did grandma tell Rick that she met before he died?
(a) Hank Williams.
(b) Frank Sinatra.
(c) Johnny Cash.
(d) Perry Como.

10. What gift did Rick receive in 2nd grade that had such a large impact on him?
(a) Cowboy boots.
(b) A bicycle.
(c) His own bed.
(d) A red wagon.

11. What did Rick and Uncle Ed both acknowledge early on about Rick's future?
(a) That he will find a good job someday.
(b) That he will end up just like his father.
(c) That he will leave home and never return.
(d) That he will be stuck working hard for no money.

12. Why were Margaret's sisters better off in life than she was?
(a) They became educated.
(b) They moved to better parts of the country.
(c) They married better.
(d) They had fewer children to care for.

13. What bet did Uncle Jimbo win for twenty dollars?
(a) He bet Uncle Bill's car will start.
(b) He ate a bologna sandwich while sitting on a dead donkey.
(c) He painted a naked lady on Gracie's car.
(d) He stole one of grandpa's jugs of whiskey without getting caught.

14. How did Sam torture Rick in the outhouse?
(a) He locked him in with a tomcat.
(b) He would make him close the door to darkness.
(c) He told him the hole will swallow him up.
(d) He would leave him there alone in the middle of the night.

15. What kind of a man is Rick's brother, Mark?
(a) Hard drinker and fighter.
(b) Criminal.
(c) Hard worker.
(d) Family man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Rick's mother's response when he asked her if he could write the book?

2. Why did Rick tell his family's story?

3. What memory does Rick recall of his grandmother and himself when he was five?

4. What school did Rick attend at the age of 33?

5. Why was Rick rushed to the hospital as a young boy?

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