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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. Who is Gus Sands?

2. How does Roy feel when he becomes the team hero, making news stories and filling sports columns with his achievements?

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

4. What happens at the carnival when the train stops there?

5. What does Roy do to impress Memo and make some money?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Memo comes to Roy's room she talks to him about money and how much it costs to start a good business. Why did she do that, and what else does she tell him?

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

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

4. How does Roy feel about Iris after he meets her in person. Why does he feel this way?

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

6. At the beginning of the pennant game, Pop came to Roy to talk about his being benched. What did he tell Roy?

7. What event happens to cause Roy to get out of his slump (more than hitting a home run).

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Malamud paints the ballplayers as "larger than life" in the novel. Discuss passages in the book where the reader can see ballplayers rendered in a majestic, larger-than-life, or deity-like manner.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are several issues related to responsibility and moral integrity that Roy must face. Discuss them fully, supporting your ideas from the text.

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