Dirty White Boys: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Odell call Richard?

2. At the opening of the novel, what is Lamar Pye obsessing over?

3. Who acted as the lookout during Lamar's restaurant robbery?

4. Why don't the Stepfords die when they are shot?

5. What type of van does Lamar use for his escape from prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Odell, and what type of trouble does he cause in prison?

2. What story does CD Henderson frequently tell about the heyday of his career?

3. Why is Bud Pewtie not excited to be partnered on a manhunt with Ted Pepper?

4. At the opening of the novel, why is Lamar Pye in prison?

5. What lie does Bud tell his son, Jeff, when he is supposed to meet him at the batting cages?

6. Who are Mr. and Mrs. Stepford?

7. How does the police force treat Ted during his funeral?

8. How do Lamar and his gang manage to avoid the police after the Denny's robbery?

9. Why does Lamar take Richard to a movie theater, but never takes him inside?

10. How does Bud learn about Ted's death, and what is his reaction to the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lamar has a deep interest in lions, particularly as a symbol. First, give at least three examples of places in which lion images appear throughout the novel, and explain what the significance of each lion was. Then, explain the artistic symbolism of lions, as the art curator in the novel explained it. Finally, explain how the symbolism of the lion gives the reader deeper insight into Lamar's character.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Bud and Lamar have three major battles. Describe the setting of each of these battles and explain the casualties of each fight. Why did Lamar and Bud continue to battle each other throughout the novel? In the end, which man considered himself the victor, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Baseball turns out to be an important symbolic element within the novel. First, explain what the significance of baseball is to Bud and his family. Then, compare / contrast that to the significance baseball has for Lamar and his gang. Finally, explain the symbolism of baseball in direct relation to Bud's chase of the gang.

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