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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.
(b) Omniscient narrator.
(c) Third person limited.
(d) First person.

2. 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 loved Bump, but quickly forgot him.
(c) It shows she really loved Roy all along.
(d) It shows she cannot form stable relationships.

3. 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 insist he use a precision bat from the team's stash.
(c) They tease him because it was handmade.
(d) The are fascinated with it and believe in its magic.

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

5. What happens to Roy because of Doc Knobb's help?
(a) He leaves the team because Doc's help didn't work for him.
(b) He becomes the best batter in history.
(c) He gets into an argument because one of the players doesn't believe it helps.
(d) He is benched for refusing to accept it.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does "The Whammer" reject Roy?

2. Who is Sam Simpson?

3. What promise does Roy make to Red after he tell him about "Fisher's Flop"?

4. What happens to Pop due to Doc's influence?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Malamud makes a point of mentioning that the Judge has a stuffed shark in his office. Explain the significance of the shark as related to the Judge's personality and how well it fits.

4. What two things did Sam do that showed how much he cared for Roy?

5. How does Iris feel about Roy when she meets him in person, and why?

6. What did Iris tell Roy in her letter, and what was his reaction to it?

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

8. What does The Judge write in his letter to Roy with the $35 thousand?

9. What purpose does Malamud have for repeatedly using dreams in his story? Why is he employing this technique, and what point of view is it?

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

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