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. What would Henry lose when he got through the afternoon fights with the other boys at school?

2. What does Red use to help win fights with bigger boys?

3. How did Henry feel about his grammar school teacher?

4. How do Frank and Henry get to the airshow?

5. What happens to Henry in confession?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Frank moves away with his mother what does he send back to Henry that they continue to exchange for awhile?

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

3. After Henry learns about sex from one of his friends, what does he say repulses him about the idea of sex?

4. What does Henry's new teacher do with Henry's essay about the personal appearance of President Hoover?

5. What does Henry's father overreact to after Henry completes the assigned lawn chores and what punishment does he give to Henry?

6. What does Henry talk about in relation to the boys at his grammar school?

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

8. What happens when Henry asks to be excused from dinner because he is in too much pain to eat?

9. What happens between Mr. Knox and Henry when Henry is sent to the principal's office for fighting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry often wants to do the right thing in the novel, but is unable to do it. Write about at least one example of this in the novel and be sure to describe the reaction Henry wants to complete but does not. What would you do in the same situation? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing why Big Henry would be so enthralled with his new job at the museum. Why was this important? Why did he consider it like magic? Do you agree with how he feels?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how Henry's destruction of the spider web is really him lashing out against his own entrapment. Why do you believe this is or is not the case? Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answers. Do you believe Henry is justified in wanting to lash out? Why or why not?

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