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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. After arriving home from St. Brides, McCall makes arrangements to see whom but feels awkward around this person?
2. In Chapter 41, McCall's divorce leaves him making mortgage payments of what amount?
3. What is the name of the young woman McCall is seeing that is having trouble at work because she feels inferior?
4. In Chapter 36, McCall gets a visit from an old friend by what name?
5. In 1988, who quits the Atlanta Journal-Constitution because of a disagreement with the "bigwigs?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does McCall feel like a slave on an auction block in Chapter 27?
2. Why does McCall see his grandchild as a another cycle of life?
3. How does McCall's reaction to the watermelon eating contest assignment reflect his racial sensitivity?
4. What happens with the divorce from Debbie in Chapter 41?
5. Why do friends and family have to help McCall when he goes to visit his kids in Atlanta, in Chapter 42?
6. What happens in Chapter 40 when McCall is challenged by another driver?
7. How does McCall's decision to do the right thing and not worry about what people think about him in Part II illustrate McCall's growth and maturity?
8. What happens when McCall deals with the question of whether to abort his own child and an assignment in Chapter 31?
9. In Chapter 35, how is McCall fitting into the mainstream?
10. How does McCall deal with his friends' suspicions about his "good fortune" in Part II of the book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
McCall runs away from home and returns in Part I of the book. Why does McCall run away, why does he return, and why does McCall refer to the whipping he gets from his stepfather upon his return home saving "face?"
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 34, McCall talks about the pressure not to marry Debbie and his idea that the marriage will legitimize things. Explain circumstances. Discuss how the the pressure to not marry and McCall's perception of "legitimization" compare to McCall's decisions in earlier years on the streets and in the prison.
Essay Topic 3
How are the people in McCall's life, outside of the prison, affected by his incarceration? (His son, Elisabeth, his parents, siblings, grandmother, etc.)
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