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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. Which of the following adjectives best describes the schoolgirl?

2. Where does Joey think he is going in life?

3. What physical change does Joey feel in his body as he is speaking with Dr. Pimko?

4. Which of the following body parts is not one Momsen attacked on Filibur's wife?

5. What sound signifies the end of class at Joey's school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kneadus burst into the Youngblood family home soon after Joey moves in with the family?

2. At the opening of the novel, how does Joey feel when he first wakes from sleep?

3. What happens when Joey and Kneadus reach the edge of the city in their search for the farmhand?

4. How do the students in Joey's classroom treat their teachers?

5. How does Zuta react when Kopyrda sneaks through her bedroom window?

6. How does Zuta react when Joey enters her room unannounced?

7. What happens when the Marquis de Filiberthe joins the brawl at the tennis match?

8. How do Joey and Kneadus fare while searching for the farmhand in the city?

9. How does Joey react to hearing Zuta speak on the telephone with her friends?

10. How does Aunt Hurlecka come to Joey's rescue while he is on the outskirts of town?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At various places in the novel, the prose is broken up with chunks of poetry or quotes from other published authors. First, choose at least two of these quotes from the novel and explain their significance within the story. Then, explain what is accomplished in the novel overall by including these secondary texts. Do you think the goal is accomplished?

Essay Topic 2

Art, and writing in particular, is an theme central in the novel. What argument is the novel trying to make about structure. According to this book, what makes a good novel? What relationship should the author of the book have with its audience? How does the narrator of this novel feel about traditional form narration and how do you see that opinion reflected in the text? Choose at least two examples of scenes from the text that you believe best exemplify and strengthen your argument and describe those scenes in this essay.

Essay Topic 3

When Joey arrives at the school, his schoolmates quickly divide up into two gangs, the lads and the guys. First, explain how the division among the boys came about in the schoolyard. Who is declared the leader of each of the gangs? What characteristics define the boys who are lads and boys who are guys? In what way does the schoolyard division reflect the social divide that is taking place in the town Joey lives in? Be sure to cite examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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