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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. In order to make the task even more difficult for Chick to complete, what is the only tool that Arty allows him to use?
2. Why does Crystal Lil take the children into town?
3. Who does Iphy announce that she wishes to marry someday?
4. What sick animal does Arty give to the twins for their 14th birthday?
5. Alma Witherspoon has been pen pals with someone for a long time and is terrified to meet him. Who is her pen pal?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Chick almost abandoned by the Binewski family?
2. Describe the invention that Zephr McGurk brings to Arty.
3. What is on Miss Lick's home videos?
4. What happens when the children are brought to the hospital?
5. What happens when Al takes Chick into town?
6. Why does Oly feel guilty after her performance at Miranda's work?
7. How does Oly gain access to Miss Lick's life?
8. Why does Al choose to keep the children separate from the rest of the town folk?
9. Why is Dr. Phyllis' hiring significant in Arty's climb to power?
10. What happens when Oly visits Miranda at work?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The picture of Oly's relationship with her mother changes drastically in the first two chapters of the novel - the first chapter addresses Oly's relationship with Lil when Oly is a child, and the second chapter addresses Oly's relationship with her mother as an adult. In an essay, compare and contrast these two relationships explaining why you think the relationship has changed. Which picture of the mother-daughter relationship is healthier?
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
The sick horse that appears on the twins' 14th birthday acts as the machine for many characters to take on new roles in the novel. In an essay, describe the different characters' reactions to seeing the sick horse and the way that either the appearance or the healing of the horse changed the roles of different characters. What does this horse symbolize in the novel?
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