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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 does Chick chant when Mariposa, a circus performer, has an accident that injures her and kills her horse?
2. Who performed the surgery on Dr. Phyllis' abdomen to remove what she believe was implanted there?
3. Why was Oly considered a disappointment when she is first born?
4. What is Arty's birth defect?
5. What problem does Zephr McGurk wish to alleviate for Arty?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Oly gain access to Miss Lick's life?
2. What is on Miss Lick's home videos?
3. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?
4. Why is Chick almost abandoned by the Binewski family?
5. Describe Arty's appearance.
6. Who is Leona, and what happened to her?
7. Who is Alma Witherspoon?
8. Describe how we first see Oly's adult life.
9. What is the significance of Mariposa and her horse's accident?
10. What is the profession of the Binewski family?
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 twins' 14th birthday is also representative of major changes for the twins. In an essay, describe the changes that occur for the twins and what the twins realize about themselves from these changes. How do these changes affect the twins' "place" within the family?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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