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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 does Roy promise his fans?

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

3. How does Roy feel about playing for the Knights when he first puts on his baseball cap for them?

4. What will it take for Roy to be relieved from his suffering?

5. What two things does Roy crave that drives his every action?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Roy ended up in the hospital from overeating, what did the doctor tell him about his career in baseball?

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

5. What does Roy reveal to Harriet and what results from that revelation?

6. What happens to the Knights when the first-place Pirates come to town to play against them?

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

8. Explain the term "fair weather fan" and how the term relates to the novel.

9. When a man comes to Roy and asks him to hit a home run for his sick child, what is Roy's reaction and what does he tell the man?

10. Discuss the dreams of Roy and the failures he has experienced up to this point.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Roy's relationship with Memo and Iris. In what ways do they parallel, and in what ways are they opposite? What role does each play in Roy's life?

Essay Topic 2

There is a tremendous amount of symbolism in Malamud's novel. Discuss two forms of symbolism and show how they develop the theme over the course of the novel. Answer the question of why Malamud might have chosen that symbol over other possible ones and whether he was effective in developing the theme. Give examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Roy Hobbs life is full of disasters, but many of which are of his own making. Should we feel sorry for him? Why or why not? Defend your answers with passages from the book.

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