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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 word does Posey show Chick carved into the tree?
2. What song does Chick recall that his mother liked when he was a child?
3. What one thing did Chick notice his parents did together that seemed to make them both happy?
4. What does Posey tell Chick this word is supposed to represent?
5. How did Len Benetto propose to Posey?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Chick return to his family home? What does he find there?
2. To whose wedding is Chick Benetto not invited?
3. Why did Chick have a problem with how his mother would leave him at school?
4. Why does Chick Benetto drive toward his home town?
5. What does Chick say after breakfast that causes his mother to question him?
6. Why does the narrator say the story belongs to Chick Benetto?
7. Who does Chick see when he jumps from the water tower?
8. Why did Posey refer to Chick as a Daddy's boy?
9. What did the narrator later find belonging to Chick Benetto that was used in writing this book?
10. What causes Chick's mother to stop playing her favorite record?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Chick's lists. Why does Chick keep a list of the things his mother did to stand up for him and the times he failed to stand up for his mother? What do these lists tell the reader about Chick's relationship with is mother? What do these lists tell the reader about Posey's feelings for her son? Do these lists help Chick in any way? Were these lists kept before or after the accident that brought Chick one more day with his mother?
Essay Topic 2
Whose voice does Chick hear on the phone at Rose's? When does Chick hear the voice again? Why does Chick believe he is the only one hearing the voice? Where is the voice coming from? Who does the voice belong to? What does this voice represent to Chick? What does Chick do about this voice?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the writer's style. Discuss in detail the writer's choice to structure his book in the way he has, the use of the newspaper clips and lists, his choice of words, his use of dialogue, and his choice of chapter names. Discuss how each of these choices affects the reader's overall impression of the novel and the themes within the novel.
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