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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What will it take for Roy to be relieved from his suffering?
(a) To get medical help from his doctor.
(b) To help his teammates become better people.
(c) For him to win a big game.
(d) For him to undergo a change in his values.

2. What does Doc Knobb do that is supposed to help the players win?
(a) He gives them a pep talk before a game.
(b) He gives them steroids to make them stronger.
(c) He hypnotizes them.
(d) He practices with them every day.

3. Where does Roy travel from when he heads to the Chicago Cubs to try out?
(a) From Atlanta, GA.
(b) From the western hills of the United States.
(c) From the Northeastern coast.
(d) From Texas.

4. What happens when Roy meets Gus?
(a) Gus offers him higher pay to work for him.
(b) Gus talks him into selling his story to Max Mercy.
(c) He gambles and looses each time.
(d) Gus tells him the fans are disgruntled with him.

5. Why is Pop Fisher "heart heavy?"
(a) He really doesn't like baseball.
(b) He has never had a winning season.
(c) He doesn't want Roy on his team.
(d) He mourns Sam's death.

6. What happens to Roy after Bump gets injured and dies?
(a) He is accused of manslaughter.
(b) He is thrown off the team.
(c) He inherits Bump's position and starts setting records.
(d) He is rejected by his teammates who all liked Bump.

7. What does Roy do that gains Memo's approval and laughter?
(a) He pitches a winning game for the Knights.
(b) He does a comedy act just for her.
(c) He does magic tricks that win his money back from Gus.
(d) He takes her to her favorite restaurant.

8. Roy consistently reaches out for love. Who does he reach out to in the slump before the game in which he pitches?
(a) Memo Paris.
(b) Iris Lemon.
(c) Harriet Bird.
(d) His teammates.

9. How is failure treated in The Natural?
(a) It is considered a fact of life one must endure.
(b) It is considered a path to success.
(c) It leads to further failure and heartache.
(d) It is considered an opportunity to learn.

10. What headlines in the newspaper catches Sam's attention?
(a) The change of coaches for the Chicago Cubs.
(b) The murder of two athletes.
(c) The sports news headlines for the Chicago Cubs.
(d) The report of "The Whammer's" successful career.

11. What does Max Mercy do that is harmful to Roy?
(a) He writes suspicions about his bat.
(b) He claims he is bad luck to a team.
(c) He tells about his past when he couldn't play baseball.
(d) He blames him publicly for Sam's death.

12. How does Roy feel about The Judge wanting to push Pop out of his job?
(a) He wants to help the team win and save Pop's job.
(b) He really doesn't mind because he doesn't know Pop well.
(c) He wants to get Pop's job when he is pushed out.
(d) He wants to have a better team manager, so is glad The Judge is pushing Pop out.

13. What American tendency does Malamud say The Judge and Gus take advantage of?
(a) The tendency to follow one particular ball player.
(b) The tendency to fall for schemes promising quick money.
(c) The tendency to seek a mate at all costs.
(d) The tendency to gamble on games.

14. What warning does Red give Roy that he ignores?
(a) To beware of Memo, who is a bad influence.
(b) To watch out about Fowler, who is jealous of him.
(c) To watch his money and protect his old age.
(d) To not play too hard because he was really too old to play baseball and might get injured.

15. How does Roy hit baseballs in the game?
(a) He strikes out often, but gets a home run.
(b) He hits with a crazy curve.
(c) He hits with precision and power.
(d) He doesn't hit any better than the rest of his teammates.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Roy when he starts his journey on the train?

2. How many years had pass before Roy Hobbs comes to play baseball again?

3. Who is Gus Sands?

4. Why is Roy so good at baseball?

5. Who is Max Mercy?

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