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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 does Roy's teammates on the Knights think of his special bat?
(a) They don't care what kind of bat he uses, as long as he hits.
(b) They tease him because it was handmade.
(c) They insist he use a precision bat from the team's stash.
(d) The are fascinated with it and believe in its magic.

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

3. What two things does Roy find out about Red that makes him think the team needs his help?
(a) His need for a winning game and his respect for Roy.
(b) His sexual escapades and his laziness.
(c) His zest for the game and his loyalty to the team.
(d) His age (old) and the fact he has never won a game.

4. What does Roy and Memo think they need for happiness?
(a) To get to travel together.
(b) A dream home and fancy car.
(c) To win at everything.
(d) People and things.

5. Where does The Judge get his money?
(a) No one knows.
(b) From gambling.
(c) From ticket sales to Knights games.
(d) From players whom is he blackmailing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What headlines in the newspaper catches Sam's attention?

2. What does Sam dream that foretells what will happen to him?

3. What does Max Mercy do when he sees Roy and Memo return to the motel?

4. Who is the coach of the Brooklyn Knights when Roy Hobbs signs on?

5. What does Max Mercy find out about Roy at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the irony that Malamud uses in naming the characters Goodwill Banner and Max Mercy.

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

3. At the beginning of the pennant game, Pop came to Roy to talk about his being benched. What did he tell Roy?

4. Shortly before the pennant game, what does Pop get angry with Roy about and what does he do about it?

5. Fatal or life-changing accidents seem prevalent in this story. Discuss at least two of them.

6. What did Roy reveal to Iris about his life when they went driving after she cheered him on?

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

8. What did Pop tell Roy about the pennant game and his dreams?

9. What is significant about the white rose that Harriet carries?

10. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

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