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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 happens when Roy and Memo go for a drive?

2. How does Roy hit baseballs in the game?

3. What baseball position does Roy Hobbs try out for?

4. How does Roy feel about The Judge wanting to push Pop out of his job?

5. What mistake did Pop make that Red tells Roy about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What problem does Pop Fisher have with his pitcher, Fowler, and how does that affect the games?

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

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

8. What advice does Red Blow give Roy that is supposed to help him get out of his slump?

9. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 many themes developed in this novel. Discuss one of them and show how they are developed through the novel. Explain what Malamud is trying to tell the reader about that theme.

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