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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. Which ailment of age does NOT affect Crystal Lil?
2. How does Arty make Oly feel in relation to the family?
3. What does Arty ask Chick to make for him, knowing that it will be a difficult task for Chick to complete?
4. What does Oly realize Arty is having with "norm" girls?
5. How does Arty imply that Leona dies?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Arty's appearance.
2. How does Arty begin drawing larger crowds to his shows?
3. Who is Alma Witherspoon?
4. Describe how we first see Oly's adult life.
5. Describe the invention that Zephr McGurk brings to Arty.
6. What happens when Al takes Chick into town?
7. What does Lil Binewski do that is unusual during her pregnancies?
8. What is the significance of Mariposa and her horse's accident?
9. What happens between Arty and Chick when Oly sneaks off to listen to a story, leaving Chick unsupervised?
10. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Self-acceptance is a theme that runs throughout the entire novel and may essentially be the moral of this story. In an essay, discuss the ways that Oly has overcome her hurdles to accept her body. Explain the ways that Arty's refusal to accept himself led to some of his decisions, and
explain how you think the Binewski parents have helped/hindered their children in the road toward self-acceptance.
Essay Topic 2
The grounds of the Fabulon are integral to the progression of events within the story. In an essay, describe the physical layout of the fairgrounds. Did the Binewski children have a sense of "home" even though they were constantly moving? How do you think this element of security affects Oly when she becomes an adult? Further explore the ways that the constantly moving setting of the fairgrounds acted as machine for the progression of events.
Essay Topic 3
Arturism is the cult that Arty starts for his followers which seems very similar to the unusual hobby of Miss Lick. In an essay, explain the beliefs of Arturism and the process that followers must adhere in order to be accepted. Why is Alma Witherspoon's reaction to the process vital to Arty's rise in power? How does Arturism compare to what is seen on Miss Lick's home flicks?
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