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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. How do fans react to Roy after Bump's death?

2. What do the fans do when they find out Roy didn't get a raise?

3. What happens when Pop lets Roy pitch in Bump's place?

4. What does Roy dream of the first night with the Knights as he drifts off to sleep?

5. How does Harriet respond to Roy when he makes romantic advances toward her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roy react in the beginning when Memo comes to visit him in Boston?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. What happens that frightens Roy when he and Memo go on their country drive?

8. What did Roy reveal to Iris about his life when they went driving after she cheered him on?

9. What was Roy's reaction when the young newspaper boy asked him if the headlines were true?

10. What does The Judge do when Roy asks him for a raise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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