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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What viewpoint does the author take when he tells us about Roy's declaration and what it might lead to?
(a) Third person limited.
(b) First person.
(c) Third person.
(d) Omniscient narrator.

2. Why is Roy so good at baseball?
(a) He has natural talent in the sport.
(b) He has trained with "The Whammer."
(c) He had practiced with his father when he was young.
(d) Sam drills him daily in how to play well.

3. How do fans react to Roy after Bump's death?
(a) They leave the stadium and don't come back.
(b) They cheer for Roy as long as he is successful.
(c) They blame Roy for Bump's death and shun him.
(d) They demand a memorial for Bump.

4. What does Roy do to impress Memo and make some money?
(a) He bets on the next Knights game and wins.
(b) He take her out to eat and agrees to a second job.
(c) He performs magic tricks.
(d) He sells his story to Max Mercy.

5. What two things does Roy crave that drives his every action?
(a) He craves the position of coach of the team.
(b) Lots of money and to be the best.
(c) He craves traveling around the country.
(d) He craves banana splits.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the two friends that Roy makes with the Knights?

2. What physical trait does Gus have that makes him unique?

3. What does Memo brag to Roy about when they go on a ride one night?

4. When Red Blow tells Pop that Roy is a "natural" what does that indicate?

5. How do Roy teammates on the Knights treat him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Harriet is more of a philosophical thinker than Roy. How did her views of baseball differ from Roy's view?

2. What problem does Pop Fisher have with his pitcher, Fowler, and how does that affect the games?

3. What does Iris say about Roy's obligation to young boys and why he has that obligation?

4. How does Roy react in the beginning when Memo comes to visit him in Boston?

5. Explain the term "fair weather fan" and how the term relates to the novel.

6. Why does Roy understand Pop's feelings so well about losing the game for his team? Compare his and Pop's experiences with failure.

7. What did Roy see immediately after he beat up The Judge and left the tower where he was?

8. What does Iris tell Roy when he says his life has been a series of disappointments?

9. How does Roy respond when the fans begin supporting him during the Knights' wins, after having rejected him all through his slump? How does his reaction change?

10. What happens when Roy goes to visit Memo in her hotel room and finds Gus there?

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