Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Ms. Maxy say Joey might do someday if he can't control himself?

2. What question does Joey ask his mother when she gets home the day he forgets his key?

3. How is Joey punished during the party in Special Education?

4. What is Mrs. Jarzab's occupation?

5. What does Joey play with after being rude to his teacher?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joey hurt another classmate?

2. How does Joey's mother find out about his first visit to the Special Education room?

3. What does Ed say when Joey redials his mother's phone number compulsively on his first day at the new school?

4. Who was Joey abandoned by early in his life?

5. What does Maria's father say about Joey's mother?

6. Why does Joey feel that he and his new dog were meant to be together?

7. What does Joey's mother ask of Joey when they are sitting in the car eating their fast food?

8. What does Joey wish he could be?

9. What does Joey do with his key?

10. What does Joey realize during his first break at his new school?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Joey's mother endures many different trials before the end of the book. What are some of these trials, and what lessons does she learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 2

Many different characters in this book were persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how did persuasion affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

What happened when Joey went to apologize to Maria, and why was this so surprising to Joey? How did this change his outlook on life and his condition?

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