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 sport does Henry imagine that he is great at playing?

2. What does David share with Henry?

3. What happens to Henry in confession?

4. What was odd about his parents when Henry visited his grandfather?

5. What does Mr. Knox ask Henry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry begin to be included with the neighborhood boys?

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

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

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

5. What sins does Henry make up when he can't think of anything he's done wrong during confession?

6. What does Henry say to his father that is insightful when his father tells him they are traveling the wrong direction and he says that he will leave him behind?

7. What intrigues the group of boys about the spider and how is it ruined for them?

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

9. What is a common theme among many of the children and adults by this point in the novel?

10. What do Henry and Stanley agree upon that happens at school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry often takes pride in his wounds from battle. He even goes so far as to look forward to additional beatings. Why do you believe this is the case? Do you believe Henry should feel this way? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Henry's parents often refer to his friends as good boys, but never seem to compliment Henry. Why do you believe this is the case? Do you believe this is fair to Henry? What do you think this does to shape Henry's view of himself? Why?

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