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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 two things does Roy find out about Red that makes him think the team needs his help?

2. Why is Roy so good at baseball?

3. What does Roy say is the only thing he owes the public?

4. What does Pop ask Roy to do after he gets upset with Bump for his poor playing?

5. What does Max Mercy do that is harmful to Roy?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Roy goes to see a fortune teller when he is in his big slump, she tells him he will meet a beautiful brunette. What is Roy's reaction?

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

3. What happens when Roy goes to visit Memo in her hotel room and finds Gus there?

4. Why did Pop hire Doc Knobb, and what was Roy's opinion of him?

5. Harriet is more of a philosophical thinker than Roy. How did her views of baseball differ from Roy's view?

6. When Roy is in Memo's motel room, and she is talking about Gus, what does say about their relationship? Explain what the true nature of that relationship is.

7. What does Roy decide to do to change his luck and get out of the great slump he is in?

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

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

10. What does Roy do in the night after they lose the pennant game?

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

Iris tells Hobbs that everyone has two lives to live. What are the two lives revealed in the novel? Illustrate your answer with examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Malamud wrote, "Sometimes as he watched the ball soar, it seemed to him all circles, and he was mystified at his devotion to hacking at it, for he had never really liked the sight of a circle. They got you nowhere but back to the place where you were to begin with." Discuss ways in which Roy travels in a circle, going nowhere but coming back to where he started from. Give examples from the book.

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