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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 Ben say he is better at than Rudy?
2. One does Sooner do to make the game more difficult?
3. What does Lambeer ask Ben in early December?
4. What does Hey-Soos point out to Ben when Ben says he wants an ordinary senior year?
5. What does Dallas ask Ben about him and her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Ben stop after leaving Rudy's, and what does he find out there?
2. What does Cody say to Ben after he tells him of his illness?
3. What does Ben do about his therapist's assignment?
4. What does Ben tell Lambeer when the teacher asks him if he is going to change his project?
5. Why does Ben go to see Rudy at three in the morning, and what does he find there?
6. What is happening to Ben's attitude, why and what does he begin to do because of it?
7. What happens in Ben's first confrontation with Rudy's drinking?
8. What does Mr. Lambeer tell Ben about the school bond levy, what is Ben's response and what does Mr. Lambeer then do with Ben?
9. Who is the first person Ben tells about his illness, what does he say to him and what is his response?
10. How does Ben tell Dallas his secret, and what is her reaction?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The reader sees a connection which can explain even more why Ben has so much admiration for Coach. The man is dedicated to academic studies even during the football season. He is also very open-minded. He has no problem with Ben reading the Malcolm X book, and when another student voices the opinion that the book is bad, Coach turns the situation into a lesson on democracy and book burning. He knows how to reach the students and keep an open mind.
1. Discuss the stereotype of coaches not caring about academics and whether you believe that is true or not. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think the coach burning the book was wrong? Do you think it was a good demonstration? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think students' reading should be censored by the school? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Ben absolutely refuses to get treatment, but he also shows that he can compromise. This is demonstrated by his accepting counseling with Marla in order to make the doctor happy. He jokes around with her, but also shows that he understands there is a bit of seriousness in his situation. His disease does affect him mentally, and he wakes up scared, but this doesn't hold him back or make him change his mind about treatment. It just makes him curious.
1. Discuss in depth why you think Ben refuses to get treatment for his disease, and whether you think it was a reasonable decision. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. What are the ways in which you think Ben will benefit from talking with a counselor? Do you think it was right of the doctor to ask it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think curiosity about dying and what happens when and or after you die is normal? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
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