Breakfast on Pluto Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patrick McCabe (novelist)
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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. What does Silky String do with a silky string?

2. Who is Elephants?

3. In Chapter 17, where does Patrick try to encounter his father?

4. In Chapter 19, what do Silky String and Patrick discover they have in common?

5. Why would Father Bernard take out of the way routes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Peepers Egan confronts Patrick about his essays?

2. What happens to the soldiers in Belfast in Chapter 28?

3. What happens between Patrick and Silky String in Chapter 19?

4. What happens when Patrick is interrogated by the IRA in Chapter 11?

5. In Chapter 21, what is Patrick's relationship with Bert like?

6. What do Patrick and Terence talk about in Chapter 27?

7. In Chapter 24, what does Patrick begin to do at a hotel in the morning?

8. In Chapter 3, what does Patrick do when he is dressed as a woman?

9. What is Patrick's short story about in Chapters 7 and 8?

10. What types of imaginary games does the "Kane Gang" play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does place define the characters of this novel? Select three characters and analyze how where they are located defines them as people.

Essay Topic 2

How is Mulvey's a place where this novel comes to a climax? Why did the author choose this location? How does Mulvey's affect Patrick?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of motherhood is strong throughout this novel. How does the theme of motherhood affect Patrick? How does it dictate what he does, thinks, and feels? How does this theme move the plot forward?

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