In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jean Shepherd
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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. Who was on hand to help celebrate the "major award"?

2. Why is Ralph disappointed when he finally figures out what the secret message reads?

3. What did Grover Dill do to make Ralph's lip bleed?

4. How does Ralph describe "the rest of us?"

5. What Christmas present does the main character want more than anything during his childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the setting for many of the stories in the book--Hohman, Indiana.

2. How is "the Graham" damaged?

3. What is the significance of the blind date story?

4. Why is it more interesting to hear the story about the Christmas plot to get a BB gun from a child's perspective rather than from the voice of "Adult Ralph"?

5. What is Flick's role in the first six chapters of the book?

6. What does Ralph believe that every family has?

7. Ralph's description of his fishing trip--the heat, the crowd, and gutting the fish--does not seem like it would be a pleasant experience. Why is Ralph so thrilled about the outing, and why does he smile and celebrate?

8. Why did Ralph stop at Flick's Tavern?

9. What are the three most important things to a Midwesterner?

10. Why is Ralph an Outsider Looking In during the fishing trip?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Ralph and Wilbur Duckworth. What experiences do they share? What makes them different? What makes Ralph remember Duckworth with such clarity, so many years after they played in the marching band together? Define the term "social outcast" and how it relates to both Ralph and Wilbur. In what ways are they both social outcasts?

Essay Topic 2

How is Ralph's humility portrayed throughout the book? What similarities do a majority of the stories share? How does Adult Ralph add or detract from the stories?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Young Ralph to Adult Ralph. What is similar? What is different? What do we learn about Adult Ralph by the types of stories he tells about his childhood?

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