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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. With what is Finsterwald's backyard filled?

2. What does Maniac ask of God on Thanksgiving Day?

3. In what way does Maniac get his schooling?

4. How long does it take Maniac to travel two hundred miles to Two Mills?

5. What does McNab decide to do to Maniac in retaliation for the baseball incident?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the underlying reason that Maniac wants to leave town after the incident at the fire hydrant party?

2. What is Grayson so curious about that he obviously has no understanding of during his meal with Maniac at the diner?

3. Why does Maniac walk right out of town after he realizes that the encyclopedia has been used for confetti?

4. How does Amanda treat Maniac differently than everyone else in Chapter 11 and previous chapters?

5. How do the Beale's show that they are not prejudiced people?

6. How does Maniac manage to infuriate McNab and does he do it on purpose?

7. How is Maniac blind?

8. Maniac's life tale may be bigger than he actually is. What begins the exaggeration in Chapter 2?

9. How does Maniac help others and what are his motives in doing so?

10. How is the scene in the kitchen between Mrs. Beale and Maniac both ironic and symbolic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Amanda the staying power for Maniac? What makes her different from everyone else that he encounters? How does she ultimately change Maniac?

Essay Topic 2

Why doesn't Maniac go to school? How does this decision affect Maniac, as well as the other major characters in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 14 ends with this quote, "Inside a house a kid gets one name, but on the other side of the door, it's whatever the rest of the world wants to call him." How and why does Maniac wear one "mask" inside and one outside? How does this apply to all of mankind?

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