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

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

3. By what name does Roy call his personal bat?

4. What does Roy reveal to Harriet?

5. How does Roy hit baseballs in the game?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two things did Sam do that showed how much he cared for Roy?

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

4. 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?

5. What reason did Iris give for standing up in the stands and cheering for Roy?

6. A lady in red appears to Roy, but it is not clear if it is in a dream or reality. The lady in red, whether a dream or not, points out something to the reader. What is that fact?

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

8. Discuss the reaction of the fans when The Judge refuses to give Roy a raise. What do they do?

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

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

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.

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 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.

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