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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. Throughout his life, what does Arty call his mother?
2. Who saves the family's memorabilia?
3. What does Chick hear inside the twins' stomach?
4. Who does Chick help become pregnant?
5. Who spends a large amount of time spying on the twins?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the Transcendental Maggot booth?
2. Who is Jessica H?
3. How was the Bag Man affected, mentally and physically, by his wife divorcing him?
4. Explain the business endeavor the twins take on when they turn eighteen.
5. Describe Mumpo.
6. How has Miss Lick gotten the video footage of Miranda?
7. Why are the twins placed under house arrest?
8. What are Dr. Phyllis' reasons for wanting to create a new method of surgeries for the Admitted?
9. How does Arty react to Oly's pregnancy?
10. Briefly describe what happens when the Bag Man enters the twins' van after becoming engaged to them.
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
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 3
It seems that the lifestyle of the Binewski family is almost addicting. To the outsider, life within a circus may seem daunting or bizarre, but once these outsiders have experienced the community, many of the characters chose not to leave. Choose one character who was not initially a member of the Binewski family and describe the events that led him/her to be a permanent member of the cast or crew. What characteristics within the family dynamics or circus lifestyle may be appealing to an outsider? Why does the desire to belong affect the members of the Admitted and how does Arty exploits this mentality?
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