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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which is an example of a pun from Chapter Three?
(a) Charlie's comparison of his father to Atticus Finch.
(b) The fact that Eliza's favority actress is Audrey Hepburn.
(c) The insects who "busy themselves around my lamp" (111).
(d) Charlie's response of "it's a grave matter" when his father says the hole will need to be big enough for both their bodies (110).
2. Why might Silvey use curse words in developing the relationship between Jeffrey and Charlie?
(a) Silvey is attempting to be sensationalistic.
(b) The vernacular is used as personification.
(c) Silvey wants to show how troubled the boys are.
(d) This use of vernacular sets them up as typical adolescent boys trying to be tough.
3. What sends Charlie racing from his room when he awakens in Chapter Three?
(a) His mother's anger.
(b) A date with Eliza.
(c) His fear of a paper wasp.
(d) His father's calls to breakfast.
4. Why does Charlie feel like he can trust Jasper?
(a) Jasper is the only one willing to cut through the facade of the town.
(b) Jasper's reputation is squeaky clean.
(c) Jasper has always been a good friend to Charlie.
(d) Jasper has proven his innocence already.
5. What movie does Charlie claim is giving him nightmares?
(a) My Fair Lady.
(b) Breakfast at Tiffany's.
(c) The Wizard of Oz.
(d) Gone with the Wind.
6. Who is guilty for the death of Sylvia Likens?
(a) Gertrude Baniszewski.
(b) Jenny Likens.
(c) The Likens parents.
(d) The whole town where she was killed.
7. Why does Jasper trust Charlie?
(a) He knows, based on the Charlie's bookish demeanor, that Charlie sees a truth the others cannot.
(b) He and Charlie have been friends their entire lives.
(c) Charlie has always expressed the desire to be a defense attorney.
(d) Jasper has seen Charlie stick up for the underdog countless times.
8. When Charlie awakens in Chapter Two, what does he expect to find happening in his neighborhood?
(a) Nothing out of the ordinary.
(b) Breakfast with his parents.
(c) A massive search for Laura.
(d) Policemen at his door.
9. Why does Jeffrey's mother chastise him for being impolite in Chapter Two?
(a) He takes the first snack serving.
(b) He curses violently.
(c) He does not turn the radio off.
(d) He puts his feet on the couch.
10. Whom does Jasper suspect of killing Laura?
(a) Jack Lionel.
(b) Jeffrey Lu.
(c) Eliza Wishart.
(d) Charlie Bucktin.
11. What is ironic about Mrs. Bucktin's admonishment for Charlie to "show some respect for your things!" (99)?
(a) We know that she does not care about his shirt anymore than he does.
(b) She is showing no respect for her own son.
(c) Her clothes are just as dirty as his.
(d) There is no irony in this statement.
12. Of what does Jeffrey jokingly accuse Charlie in Chapter Four?
(a) Of abducting Eliza.
(b) Of abducting Laura.
(c) Of lying about his nightmares.
(d) Of running awa.
13. What research captures Charlie's imagination at the library?
(a) Corrigan's history of serial killers.
(b) The Vietnam War.
(c) The truth about Mad Jack Lionel.
(d) Research on killers throughout history.
14. What figurative language is used in the following quote: "my mother emerges from the house like an angry outlaw exiting a saloon" (99)?
15. What does Charlie's father's silence in Chapter Three remind Charlie of?
(a) A lump.
(b) A coward.
(c) A ghost.
(d) A child.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does Charlie find Eliza in Chapter Three?
2. In Chapter One, what reason does the person give for coming to Charlie's house in the middle of the night?
3. What is the nature of Laura's injuries in Chapter One?
4. Who has died in Charlie's family?
5. What punishment does Charlie's mother give him for sneaking off and his disrespect in Chapter Three?
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