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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 did the narrator later find that added to the narrator's information used to write this novel?
2. What word does Posey show Chick carved into the tree?
3. What does the narrator claim to have spent part of her career doing?
4. 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?
5. Why did Chick and his sister have trouble accepting that their parents were going to get divorced?
Short Essay Questions
1. What phrase does Chick feel describes him completely?
2. What one thing does Chick recall always made his parents happy?
3. What game does the narrator learn that Chick Benetto once played as a professional player?
4. Who does Chick see when he jumps from the water tower?
5. What is Posey's reaction to Chick's insistence that her presence in the house is impossible?
6. What draws Chick's attention to the table top in his mother's kitchen as his mother treats his wounds?
7. Why did Chick have a problem with how his mother would leave him at school?
8. What after school activity did Chick pick even after his father left?
9. What impact does the setting have on Chick's family after the divorce?
10. What question does the narrator pose at the end of the Introduction?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who does Chick see standing over him after he jumps from the water tower? Why does Chick doubt what he is seeing? Who does Chick spend the rest of the day with? Why is this not possible? Why does the impossibility of this not clue Chick in to the idea that something is not right with him? What is the voice Chick continuously hears throughout the day? What does this voice mean to the reader? What does it ultimately mean to Chick? How does Chick respond to the voice?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following themes in detail, citing examples from the novel:
3) Father-Son Relationships
4) Mother-Son Relationships
Essay Topic 3
Discuss father-daughter relationships. How is Chick's relationship with his daughter like his own relationship with his father? How is Chick's relationship with his daughter like his relationship with his mother? Why is Chick's relationship with his daughter important to the plot of the novel? Who is Chick's daughter? How is Chick's sister's relationship with their mother different from Chick's relationship with their mother? Is this difference important to the developing plot? Explain.
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