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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 does Adam now wish he had used when he was back in Aswell at the rest stop?

2. The _________ in Adam increases, though he tries not to take a pill or a shot to calm down.

3. The boy wants to make the bike trip without any _________, so he puts them in the garbage disposal.

4. What does Adam think when he thinks of Amy? "I don't ____________ you."

5. Adam insists to the person who visits him that he wants to remember the ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the old man tell Adam about the world as he stops off during his bike ride journey?

2. Why does Adam have to pedal furiously when he is on his bike ride?

3. Why can't Adam call Amy when he arrives at the Howard Johnson's, even though he does call her anyway?

4. How did Adam feel about his father and about what he had done to provide testimony?

5. What is the condition of the road when Adam continues on his journey from Carver to see his dad?

6. Why does Adam's arm hurt so much, according to the narrative at the beginning of the section?

7. Though Adam is not responsive to Brint, what is his physical status, according to Brint's notes?

8. Why did Adam's father go through with providing testimony in Washington DC before a Senate Committee?

9. Who stops to check on Adam when he is lying on the side of the road after being toppled by the troublemakers?

10. What were Adam and his father heading to the library for when they come upon the dog that attacks them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Adam seems to be a slightly older boy in the story, it also seems he has a lot of connection to his childhood.

Part 1: In what ways is Adam still like a child in the book?

Part 2: Why do you think Adam chooses to sing "Farmer in the Dell" so many times?

Part 3: Do you think Adam is a mature person or an immature person? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In a very real sense, Adam loses everything in this story - his identity, his mind, and his family.

Part 1: Do you think Adam had any chance of being a normal kid with a normal upbringing? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Adam's parents made the right decision to go into witness protection? Why or why not?

Part 3: How else might Adam's parents have dealt with the situation in order to keep Adam's life normal and stable?

Essay Topic 3

Paul refers to his medication at various points of the story, pointing to some sort of mental disorder.

Part 1: What kind of medication do you think Paul might be taking?

Part 2: Why doesn't Paul want to take his medication at the start of the story? Does this seem to be a wise decision? Why or why not?

Part 3: How might the story have been different had Paul taken his medication?

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