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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What viewpoint does the author take when he tells us about Roy's declaration and what it might lead to?

2. What does Doc Knobb do that is supposed to help the players win?

3. Why is Pop Fisher "heart heavy?"

4. How many years had pass before Roy Hobbs comes to play baseball again?

5. Who does Doc Knobb accuse of causing the team to lose?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What advice does Red Blow give Roy that is supposed to help him get out of his slump?

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

5. Discuss Memo's reaction to Roy and how is changed over the course of this chapter (Chapter 4).

6. When Roy is teased about his bat being white, he makes the comment that it is the bat's true color. What does the color white indicate, and how does this apply to Roy's bat?

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

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

9. Why is the train significant in Chapter One of the novel? What does it represent about Roy's life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Roy reject the locker-room lecture and hypnotism of Doc Knobb? How do the other Knights regard Doc Knobb? Give examples from the text to defend your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Roy agrees to the Judge's crooked proposition to "sell out." What are his motives? Who, or what, is Hobbs selling out for? What are his reasons for selling out? Give examples from the book to defend your views.

Essay Topic 3

Malamud tells us that sometimes when Hobbs watched the baseball come to him before hitting it, he thought it looked like all circles, and he didn't like circles. He made the statement that circles just bring you back to the place you started from. Explain that theme from the novel, coming back to where you started. What examples from the novel illustrate that theme?

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