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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Posey say children often do when they are hurting?
2. Why would Chick pick up Roberta after school every day shortly after the divorce?
3. What three things did Posey once tell Chick he needed to be successful?
4. Why did Posey say she wanted to include a unique Jewish custom at her own funeral?
5. What does Chick say is the best thing that ever happened to him in his career?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does Chick want to commit suicide? What causes Chick to become that depressed? Does Chick's decision have anything to do with either of his parents? In what way? Does Chick's wife or daughter have anything to do with his decision to commit suicide? Explain. When does Chick realize suicide is not the right answer? Why does Chick decide he must live? How much credit can Chick's mother take for helping Chick change his mind? Was Chick's mother really there with him or was she just a figment of his damaged brain? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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