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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. In Chapter 4, how long has it been since the incident with Paine and the Carmichael family?

2. In Chapter 5, how many hours does Paine's boat have on it?

3. What is the full name of Noah's grandfather?

4. In Chapter 4, where is Noah's friend Thom going with his family?

5. How many nights did Paine spend in jail for the Carmichael incident before he let Donna bail him out?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Noah plan to get in to see his dad at the jail in Chapter 5?

2. How did Noah's parents meet?

3. What nasty habit did Abbey have when she was a baby?

4. What does Noah know about his Grandpa Bobby's death?

5. In Chapter 4, what does Noah say happened with his dad and the Carmichael family?

6. In Chapter 3, why does Shelly say that the world is so messed up?

7. What is supposed to happen with sewage from boats like the Coral Queen?

8. How do Abbey and Noah escape in Chapter 6 when a man tries to grab Abbey?

9. In Chapter 1, what jobs does Noah say that his father has had?

10. Why did Donna's parents move to Canada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Donna tells Noah that “being married to my father is like having another child to watch after, one who’s too big and unpredictable to put in time-out” (20). In what way is Paine like a child, and how do the events in the novel help him to become more responsible?

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, some characters are more thoroughly described than others. Who are some characters that are merely named in passing or have a minor role in the novel? What is the importance of these flat characters to the story line? In what way do these characters make the main characters more colorful or interesting? When there is conflict, what type of role do these flat characters play?

Essay Topic 3

Paine struggles to control his anger. What does Paine learn about controlling anger and the value of channeling anger into positive actions?

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