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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 Ralph call Flick's jukebox?
2. As what does Ralph use the "Get in there, kid, you're holding up the line" comment?
3. How does everyone travel during the blind date?
4. What was the magazine of choice for young boys during Ralph and Flick's childhood?
5. According to Ralph, how many other people join in the 2 a.m. expedition in Chapter 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ralph such a big fan of Red Ryder?
2. What was similar and different about Ludlow Kissel's and Ralph's father's fireworks experiences?
3. What makes Ralph think about Miss Bryfogel?
4. Why didn't Ralph's parents both share the same feelings about the "major award"?
5. Why do you think Ralph wanted to be part of the Little Orphan Annie Secret Circle so badly?
6. How important was the "major award" to the Old Man?
7. What are the settings in chapters 19 and 20?
8. 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"?
9. Describe the setting for many of the stories in the book--Hohman, Indiana.
10. What happened when Grover Dill tripped Ralph on his way home from school one time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The BB gun was an important gift in Ralph's childhood and remains something he clearly is fond of in his adult life. Why was it such an important gift and time in his life? Why does he remember every detail as an adult? What do you think he learned from that story?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
What makes the book have a community feel about it that can be related to by a great number of people, regardless of whether they grew up during the Great Depression or in the Midwest?
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