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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. How does Holly react to Henry's idea of only pretending to change the beneficiary of Bruce's insurance?
2. How many players offer to get Bruce a jacket when he says he is cold during a game?
3. In baseball, which does Bruce like better, hitting or catching?
4. Which object does Goose shoot in Chapter 16 to find out if there are bullets in the gun?
5. Who is sending Bruce false letters from the insurance company?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the title of the book explained in Chapter 15?
2. How does Henry describe Bruce's last hit?
3. How does Dutch finally discover the truth about Bruce's condition in Chapter 14?
4. Which reasons does Henry have for rejecting Katie's offer again, and what causes the detectives to visit Henry's room later at a celebration?
5. What causes Bruce to ask Henry to change his insurance policy?
6. Why is it particularly significant that Henry chews tobacco with Bruce?
7. Which question does Dutch repeatedly ask Bruce, and why?
8. What decision does Henry make about life at the end of the book?
9. Which actions does Dutch take in an attempt to fix some of the Mammoth's problems?
10. What influence does Red's coaching have on the team?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In literature, actual events are sometimes referenced in order to make the story seem more realistic.
1) Explain three examples of real events that are mentioned in the book.
2) Describe how the technical side of baseball is included in the book, and how you think baseball fans and people who do not know as much about the game would respond to it.
3) Analyze the literary reasons for real events in a fictional story.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Henry and Katie, their intentions, the influence they both have on Bruce, and their opposition to each other in the book.
Essay Topic 3
Examine the balance that Harris provides with the events in the book by describing three examples of how one event balances another. Also, explain what the balance of events adds to the plot, the characters, and the overall message of the story.
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