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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator's shadow suggest the two do so they don't get separated?
(a) Tie their belts together.
(b) Hold hands.
(c) Trade hats.
(d) Join back together.

2. What does the narrator's shadow say he can't do?
(a) He can't breathe.
(b) He can't walk.
(c) He can't leave.
(d) He can't talk.

3. What odd gift does the narrator give the librarian at the restaurant in Chapter 35?
(a) A pair of nail clippers.
(b) A hammer.
(c) A white lace collar.
(d) An eggbeater.

4. What does the shadow call the role of the Dreamreader in his discussion of the loss of mind at the end of Chapter 32?
(a) A scout.
(b) A lightning rod.
(c) A catalyst.
(d) A scapegoat.

5. What does the Librarian compare the warmth of the narrator's hand to?
(a) The Summer.
(b) The sun.
(c) A fire.
(d) The Spring.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of the book, why does the narrator say he has to stay?

2. What bodily function does the narrator find himself pondering in the escape route from the underground?

3. What does the narrator immediately notice when he returns to his apartment?

4. What compliment does the narrator make the librarian?

5. What song does the narrator begin to whistle in the sewer side vent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the narrator's shadow is living at the beginning of Chapter 32.

2. How does the Caretaker of the Power Station feel about the musical instruments?

3. What doubts about leaving the Town does the narrator voice to his shadow in Chapter 32?

4. Explain the significance of the song "Danny Boy" for the narrator's life.

5. What does the narrator say in Chapter 37 about "...tuning in on the particulars of the world" and why is that important?

6. Given what the narrator tells his shadow about why he plans to stay, what do you think he plans to do with his time in the Town?

7. What does the narrator tell the librarian about why he got divorced?

8. How does the narrator whistling "I Go to Pieces" in Chapter 29 relate to the overall storyline?

9. What is the significance of the narrator's realization of what the accordion is and how to use it?

10. Explain the importance of belief as described in Chapter 34.

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