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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. Why does Willie run in the morning before sunrise?
2. Willie's bus ticket will take him to which city?
3. What does Johnny say that finally causes Sal Whitworth to lose his composure?
4. Why does Mr. Walker ask Willie to be the team-manager for girls' basketball?
5. Where has Willie found the money to fund his trip?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Willie have such a difficult time cheering for Jenny in the basketball game or celebrating with her afterward?
2. How does Petey Shropshire cause Willie to lose control of his anger?
3. What details about the beginning of the novel establish the rest of the story as a flashback?
4. According to Willie, how did OMLC save his life?
5. Why does Willie ask the question about Missy while he and his father are practicing in the back yard?
6. Why does Willie's father react with anger when Willie returns?
7. Why does Willie decide to wait for the bus at the bench even though the gang is there, too.
8. Why does Willie go back for Kam instead of leaving him behind in the fire?
9. Why do the other boys on the baseball team go after Johnny Rivers and hose him down?
10. How does Cyril Wheat make Willie feel comfortable enough to start talking?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After Willie's accident, Big Will pushes him to try to improve his physical abilities, but Willie fails. When he meets Lisa, Willie is much more willing to push himself and he sees positive results. Why are Lisa's efforts to help Willie so much more successful than Big Will's? Provide evidence from the text to support your observations.
Essay Topic 2
Sammy tells Willie, "you can use your sister--or the baseball game--to beat you down or build you up. But remember: every moment of your life is you. ou say you can never have that moment, or your sister, again. I say you'll always have them. They're part of what makes you Wilie Weaver." (162) Analyze this quotation and effect that it has on Willie's perspective. How does this piece of advice change the way that Willie's views his life and his experiences?
Essay Topic 3
Explain how Willie's accident and disability actually help him to become a stronger person in the end. What strengths does he discover? How does his sense of self evolve? Be sure to provide textual evidence for support.
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