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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 to Roy because of Doc Knobb's help?

2. When Red Blow tells Pop that Roy is a "natural" what does that indicate?

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

4. What is in the bassoon case that Roy carries on the train?

5. How does Roy relate to Pop?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Harriet is more of a philosophical thinker than Roy. How did her views of baseball differ from Roy's view?

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

7. What sort of fans follow the Knights?

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

9. When Roy is in Memo's motel room, and she is talking about Gus, what does say about their relationship? Explain what the true nature of that relationship is.

10. Discuss the irony that Malamud uses in naming the characters Goodwill Banner and Max Mercy.

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

Malamud tells us that sometimes when Hobbs watched the baseball come to him before hitting it, he thought it looked like all circles, and he didn't like circles. He made the statement that circles just bring you back to the place you started from. Explain that theme from the novel, coming back to where you started. What examples from the novel illustrate that theme?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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