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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 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 is accused of manslaughter.
(d) He inherits Bump's position and starts setting records.

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

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

4. What does Memo's reaction to Bump's death tell the reader, given her lack of relationship with him?
(a) It shows she didn't care much for Bump.
(b) It shows she cannot form stable relationships.
(c) It shows she really loved Roy all along.
(d) It shows she loved Bump, but quickly forgot him.

5. When Red Blow tells Pop that Roy is a "natural" what does that indicate?
(a) That he will be a great baseball player for the team.
(b) That he likes to eat natural foods and live simply.
(c) That he doesn't need to practice to be good.
(d) That he got his talent naturally and can't be beat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does "The Whammer" reject Roy?

2. How did Roy obtain his special bat, Wonderboy?

3. How does Roy feel about The Judge wanting to push Pop out of his job?

4. How does Roy feel about Bump Bailey?

5. What happens to Roy because of Doc Knobb's help?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens that frightens Roy when he and Memo go on their country drive?

3. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

4. What two things really bother Roy when the doctor tells him he can't play baseball any more?

5. How did Roy feel about accepting The Judge's offer and what did he do?

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

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

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

9. Why does Roy have doubts about playing with the Knights when he has longed for fifteen years to play with them? What about his dream changes when he meets the team?

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

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