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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 one word was the only one Chick could manage to say when his mother, who had been dead eight years, entered the kitchen in Section 2: Part 2?
2. How does Chick react to the announcement that he was a blessing his mother had waited a long time to receive?
3. Who does the narrator claim the story from this novel belongs to?
4. What did the narrator stop to do on the way back to the airport in the Introduction?
5. Who notices the narrator in the Introduction as the narrator watches the action going on?
Short Essay Questions
1. To whose wedding is Chick Benetto not invited?
2. What after school activity did Chick pick even after his father left?
3. What event caused Chick Benetto to lose faith in himself?
4. What word did Chick's mother help Chick find the definition for despite his father's disapproval of her help?
5. What does Chick say after breakfast that causes his mother to question him?
6. What reason does Posey give for dumping food given to the family by nuns down the disposal?
7. Why does Chick return to his family home? What does he find there?
8. When did Chick say he felt he became a Mommy's boy?
9. Why is the word please carved into the side of tree?
10. What impact does the setting have on Chick's family after the divorce?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss baseball. Why does Chick decide to go out for baseball? Why does Chick continue to play baseball? Why does Chick not tell his mother that his father comes to his college baseball games? Why does Chick leave college to play professional baseball? How does Posey feel about Chick making this choice? Does this baseball career give Chick the life he wants? Why or why not? Why does Chick finally decide to quit baseball? Why does Chick's father pressure him into playing an old-timers game? What is significant about this game?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Posey. What is Posey's real name? What is her profession? How does Chick feel when he learns that his mother cleaned houses to help pay for his college tuition? Why is Chick surprised by this? What does this choice say about Posey and her love for her children? What does this choice say about Posey's life after her divorce? Why did Posey stop working as a nurse? What does that say about Posey's morals? About the morals of others? Why did Posey never remarry?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss ghost stories. Why does the narrator suggest this novel might be a ghost story? Is this novel a ghost story? Who are the ghosts? Are they scary ghosts? Is this novel meant to frighten the reader? Explain. How do the ghosts in this novel change the course of the main character's life? Is this a good change?
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