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 disorder makes Lawrence pronounce words differently?

2. Who is Terence?

3. How old is Martina when the incident behind the creamery occurs?

4. Where do the two soldiers go in Chapter 28?

5. In Chapter 13, what does Charlie read "The Mercy Sound" to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Patrick pretend in Chapter 4?

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

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

4. Why does Patrick search for Jojo in Chapter 13?

5. What is the song about that Patrick has his mother sing in his short story?

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

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

8. What happens between Patrick and Elephants during the ferry ride to England?

9. In Chapter 30, how does Patrick think about what could have been?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Patrick is advised by Terence to write short stories. Select three of Patrick's short stories and compare and contrast them in terms of theme, plot, and message.

Essay Topic 2

What type of narrator is Patrick? Why did the author choose to tell the story from his point of view? Is Patrick reliable or not? Use examples from the text to support your opinions and explain what impact Patrick as a narrator had on the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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