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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 is the name of the Binewski family's circus?
2. What body part is Zephr McGurk missing?
3. Who does Iphy announce that she wishes to marry someday?
4. How old is Chick before Lil can carry him around in her arms?
5. Where is Chick kept when he cannot be watched by his family?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when the children are brought to the hospital?
2. Why is Dr. Phyllis' hiring significant in Arty's climb to power?
3. Describe how we first see Oly's adult life.
4. Who is Alma Witherspoon?
5. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?
6. Why is Chick almost abandoned by the Binewski family?
7. What happens when Arty asks Chick to make him a roast beef sandwich?
8. What is the profession of the Binewski family?
9. Describe Arty's appearance.
10. How does Arty begin drawing larger crowds to his shows?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The final scene of the novel has to do with Oly's sacrifice in the name of love. In an essay, explore the reasons behind Oly's obsession with Miss Lick and why she believed that killing her was the only answer. How is the love in Oly's relationship with Miss Lick similar or different to the love in Oly's relationship with Miranda? Was Oly's sacrifice was "worth it" in the end?
Essay Topic 2
Arty has a very strange relationship with women. Even though he treats everyone in his life poorly, his relationships with women seems particularly damaged. In an essay, compare/contrast Arty's relationships with his various sisters and explore his relationship with Lil. How might his relationship with his mother have affected his other relationships? Consider the business relationship that Arty has with Dr. Phyllis versus the business relationships that he has with the men he employs - particularly Zephr McGurk and Vern Bogner.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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