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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. Who catches the twins and brings them back to the circus?
2. How heavy is the new baby?
3. How does Arty get rid of Dr. Phyllis' followers?
4. What does Iphy name the new baby?
5. Who shoots the Bag Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Dr. Phyllis deny the twins what they were asking for?
2. Why does Oly kill Miss Lick?
3. How does Chick react to the scene in the twins' van?
4. Briefly describe what happens when the Bag Man enters the twins' van after becoming engaged to them.
5. Explain Jonathan Tomaini's new role in the twins' adult life.
6. How does Oly kill Miss Lick?
7. Describe Mumpo.
8. What body part does Norval Sanderson gift to Arty, and what are the stories surrounding this body part?
9. Why are the twins placed under house arrest?
10. What is the Transcendental Maggot booth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Arty's relationship with Chick changes as Arty realizes his power. In an essay, analyze the progression of Arty's view of Chick from his infancy to his death as well as the progression of Chick's view of Arty during the same time period. What elements have affected each brother's views of the other over the course of the novel?
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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