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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 is ironic about Mrs. Bucktin's admonishment for Charlie to "show some respect for your things!" (99)?
2. What happens when Charlie and Eliza get to her house in Chapter Three?
3. What Vietnamees delicacy does Charlie love?
4. Who is guilty for the death of Sylvia Likens?
5. What famous Pudd'nhead Wilson quote resonates with Charlie?
Short Essay Questions
1. Jasper has an interesting accent. How does this use of dialect help us to understand him?
2. In what ways is the relationship between Charlie's parents built on a shaky foundation?
3. Would you describe Jeffrey and Charlie's friendship as close?
4. Why might Jeffrey Lu takes great chances?
5. How is The Wizard of Oz a prominent motif in Chapter Four?
6. In what ways are children bullied in this novel?
7. Why do Jeffrey and Charlie spend so much time speaking in puns, especially those with a blasphemous tone?
8. Why does Jasper come to Charlie?
9. Charlie keeps referring to his choice to wear shoes as "pansy" (25). Why does he feel this way?
10. Describe the differences between Charlie's relationships with his mother and father.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the end of the novel, Charlie thinks, "There is more to know. Always" (309). Write an essay in which you explore some of the instances in the book when it is impossible to know the full story without asking more questions.
Essay Topic 2
The Lu family faces many hardships and abuses in Corrigan. Write an essay in which you explore the reasons behind these abuses, and the ways that the family members choose to cope.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay in which you chronicle the friendship between Jeffrey Lu and Charlie Bucktin. What makes them such a great match?
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