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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. Who came to Chick's defense when the librarian refused to allow him to check out the book he wanted?
2. Why does Posey ask Chick to repeat himself when he tells her thank you for the meal?
3. How late for work was Chick on the Monday morning after receiving the evidence of the family event he missed?
4. Who dresses up as Santa on the first Christmas after Len Benetto left his family?
5. Who brings food to Chick with instructions that he take it home to his family shortly after his parents' divorce?
Short Essay Questions
1. When is the first time Chick's mother leaves him a special note?
2. What draws Chick's attention to the table top in his mother's kitchen as his mother treats his wounds?
3. Why does the narrator say the story belongs to Chick Benetto?
4. Why did Chick have a problem with how his mother would leave him at school?
5. Why does Chick return to his family home? What does he find there?
6. What game does the narrator learn that Chick Benetto once played as a professional player?
7. What causes Chick's mother to stop playing her favorite record?
8. What after school activity did Chick pick even after his father left?
9. What question does the narrator pose at the end of the Introduction?
10. What does Chick say after breakfast that causes his mother to question him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Chick's father. Who is Chick's father? Why did Chick's father leave the family? How did divorce affect Chick's relationship with his father? How did baseball play a role in Chick's relationship with his father? How did baseball pull Chick and his father apart?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Chick Benetto. Who is Chick Benetto? How does Chick deal with the death of his mother? How did his father's actions keep Chick from being with his mother at the end of her life? How did Chick feel about this situation? Why? Why did Chick's marriage fall apart? Why did Chick's daughter cut him out of her life? What are the consequences of these actions?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following in detail, citing examples from the novel:
1) Point of view
2) The setting
3) Language and meaning
4) The structure, including the use of lists and newspaper announcements throughout the novel.
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