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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Jim to to attend a Communist Party meeting with Bunty?
(a) Yankee Stadium.
(b) The Boys' Club.
(c) Webster Hall.
(d) Bunty's house.

2. How does Jim know Steve Malone?
(a) Steve is a friend of the family.
(b) They play on the same basketball courts.
(c) Steve was his little league coach.
(d) They are neighbors.

3. What does the old lady on the bus tell Jim will happen in a month?
(a) He will die.
(b) She will see her grandchildren.
(c) The war will end.
(d) He will fall in love.

4. What does Jim say his eyes feel like when sniffing cleaning fluid?
(a) A cloud.
(b) Needles.
(c) A roaring fire.
(d) Bowling balls.

5. Who applauds for Jim after he jumps into the Harlem River?
(a) Sightseers on a boat.
(b) Danny and John.
(c) Fat Eddie.
(d) Some girls swimming nearby.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the school nurse solve most ailments, according to Jim?

2. Who does Jim go to Staten Island with?

3. What does Jim say the "old cigar chomping Garden regulars" love to see?

4. Who do Willie and Jim look for on the beach in Long Beach?

5. What is Jim's motivation for getting along with his cousin's friends in Manhattan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Jim like walking to gym class in Central Park?

2. How does Jim feel at the end of the diary?

3. How do Jim and his friends end up with the keys to the American Legion?

4. Why does Jim settle for methadone when he wants dope?

5. Why does Jim dread returning to a Catholic school?

6. Why is Jim banned for the year from the dorm at NYU?

7. Why do Jim and some of his teammates draw pills out of a hat before the game at Horace Mann?

8. What does Jim say is the advantage of going to a private school?

9. How does Jim end up playing on a new team at the summer league championship game?

10. How are the passersby responding to Freddie C., who is exposing himself, in the Bronx?

(see the answer keys)

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