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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 does Paddy read that causes him to fear World War III?

2. Where does Paddy sometimes sit for hours?

3. Paddy enjoys the smell of his desk at school. What does Paddy do to his desk one day?

4. In whose shop do Paddy and his friends show their V's?

5. What does Paddy pick as his pet when he has to write about his favorite pet in a homework assignment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Using details from the text, describe how Paddy is stuck between being a child and becoming a teenager.

2. How do Paddy and his friends react when one of their friends gets stuck in a trench and begins to sink?

3. How could Paddy tell that his da is drunk?

4. Why does Paddy begin staying awake all night?

5. When Sinbad and Paddy are talking one night in bed, how does Sinbad respond to Paddy's claims that their parents are fighting?

6. What happens when Paddy and Kevin ask Charles and Sean to play soccer?

7. Using details from the text, describe what happens to Paddy when he falls asleep in school after staying up all night.

8. Describe what happens when Paddy and Kevin try to look at Ian's dog's docked tail.

9. How does Paddy learn to ride his bike?

10. How does Paddy keep himself awake throughout the night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the important places where Paddy and his friends spend their time? How do the boys spend their time at these places? Are the places safe? Are the boys' activities safe?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Paddy's relationship with his ma. Do they have a good relationship? Why/Why not? Why does Paddy feel that his ma is the best ma in the neighborhood?

Essay Topic 3

Growing up, Paddy can often hear his parents fighting. At first the fights are few and far between, but as the novel progress the fights become more frequent and violent. Describe how Paddy tries to stop the fighting and why Paddy is conflicted by the fights.

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