Ham on Rye Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which of the following characters is cross-eyed?

2. How does Henry's father describe his brothers?

3. Where is Big Henry's brother?

4. Which of the following homophones did Henry's father use in a joke?

5. What does Henry do which makes Chuck, Eddie, Frank and Gene upset with him for a few weeks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why won't Big Henry's dream of moving to the South Seas and never working again be realized?

2. What events transpired which led Henry to be sent to the principal's office?

3. What happens at the pool that causes Red to move away from Henry without a word of goodbye?

4. Describe the interaction Henry has with Clare, Jimmy's mother, after Jimmy passes out from drinking too much.

5. Describe how Jimmy and Henry 'discussed' their thoughts about friendship in English class.

6. What is Henry curious about in regards to Red and how does he satisfy it?

7. Describe the relationship between Lila Jean and Henry and the things they do together.

8. What happens when Henry's father drives to an orange grove to pick oranges?

9. Why does Henry say that he likes to be singled out as the bad guy?

10. What does Henry's grandfather give him that is important to him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing why Henry wants to be a bad guy. Use specific examples from the text to support your answer. Should Henry look to people like Dillinger and Ma Barker as role models? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about how Henry feels about religion. Why does he consider himself an agnostic? Do you believe this is an accurate description of Henry? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing how Henry's father treated Henry throughout the novel. Did this change? Why do you believe it has changed? Use information from the text to support your answer.

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