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 position did Grayson play?

2. Why does Mr. Beale make a U-turn when taking Maniac home?

3. Why doesn't Maniac go to Grayson's room at the YMCA?

4. Why does Grayson take Maniac to the equipment room?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Right at the start of this novel, the reader knows that the main character is going to have a different life than the normal pre-teen. How so?

4. How might Amanda Beale's character be a good match for Maniac?

5. How is Maniac blind?

6. How does the Beale household change now that Maniac lives there?

7. What does the reader learn about Maniac's personality through the scene of Mars Bar and Maniac and the candy bar?

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

9. How does Maniac impress the star quarterback, Brian Denehy in Chapter 4?

10. Why won't Maniac go to school?

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 is Maniac able to fit into both the black community and the white community? Since he can do this, what does he see that others who cannot fit in don't see?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the protagonist of the story. Why is this character the protagonist? What is the character trying to accomplish? Who is the antagonist? Why is this antagonist trying to stop the protagonist from accomplishing his/her goal?

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