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 grade is Henry in when David moves away?

2. Why does Henry decide he can't run away?

3. Why does the doctor say that Big Henry should not blame Henry for the car accident?

4. Where does Frank's father's give the boys money to visit?

5. What does Edna do when Big Henry refuses to choose?

Short Essay Questions

1. What treatment does Henry receive from the doctors to help treat his boils and horrible acne?

2. What insights does Henry have about Baldy while he continues to walk him home each day?

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

4. Why does Henry's mother tell him that he can't go home anymore and give him ten dollars?

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

6. Why does Henry indicate that even though he is going to get in trouble for ruining his shirt for fighting with Gibson, it is still a good day?

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

8. In regards to respect, how do Henry and Wagoner view things?

9. What does Henry witness when he walks David home and then waits for him outside?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Henry's childhood. How does he relate to other children? Why is this the case? How does Henry's father's employment affect his childhood?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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