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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. Who does Doc Knobb accuse of causing the team to lose?
(a) He accuses Pop Fisher, and gets him fired.
(b) He accuses The Judge of requiring Roy to throw the game.
(c) He accuses the whole team of being sorry players.
(d) He accuses Roy of throwing the games.

2. Who is Memo Paris?
(a) Pop's niece and Bump's girlfriend.
(b) Roy's girlfriend.
(c) A loyal fan that follows the team.
(d) A reporter that writes good things about the team.

3. Who is Gus Sands?
(a) He is a suspicious bookie.
(b) He is a sports reporter with Max Mercy.
(c) He is a rival baseball player.
(d) He is the new manager of the Knights.

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

5. Who is Max Mercy?
(a) An Olympic athlete.
(b) Harriet Bird's jealous husband.
(c) A coach who was on the train with Roy.
(d) A sports writer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two places does Roy tell the train porter he has visited?

2. What happens when Pop lets Roy pitch in Bump's place?

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

4. Who is Sam Simpson?

5. What does Roy reveal to Harriet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Roy feels about Memo, Bump's girlfriend.

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

4. How does Memo treat Roy after the fans declare him a hero.

5. What does Memo talk about on her ride in the country with Roy?

6. 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?

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

8. A lady in red appears to Roy, but it is not clear if it is in a dream or reality. The lady in red, whether a dream or not, points out something to the reader. What is that fact?

9. How does Roy feel about Iris when he finds out she is a grandmother and what does he do?

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

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