Maniac Magee 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 do Grayson and Maniac buy at Woolworths?

2. What is the big question at the Pickwell dinner table on the night they eat spaghetti in Chapter 6?

3. What does Maniac do for fifteen minutes before completing the knot?

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

5. How does Amanda's mom act when she first meets Maniac?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grayson's background shape the man he has become today?

2. How is it that Maniac could have a meal at the Pickwell house and nobody questions his presence?

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

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

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

6. Why is the big black man so upset that Maniac is playing in the fire hydrant water?

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

8. What stops McNab and the Cobras from chasing Maniac after the home run hit? What does this say about the boys?

9. How does the story of Grayson't past affect Maniac?

10. The fact that Maniac takes a nap during the untying of the famous knot says a lot about the way he perceives the event. What does it say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How and why does Maniac take on the raising of Russell and Piper? Why does he have influence over them? What does this say about Maniac's character?

Essay Topic 2

Why doesn't Maniac choose to remain at the Pickwell house? Why does he not choose this loving family as his own when he knows that they would embrace him? What does this say about Maniac's past and his future?

Essay Topic 3

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

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