Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When Paddy is stung while he is swimming, who does his mother offer to call?

2. What Native American weapon does Paddy make?

3. What item does Paddy request in a letter to Santa for Christmas?

4. What do the O'Connell's eat at every lunch?

5. What item does Paddy's father own that is in a red box?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paddy react when he is stung by a jellyfish?

2. Paddy and his friends became the Vigour Tribe for a day. What were some of the acts committed by the Vigour Tribe?

3. What happens to Paddy one day after they watch a Three Stooges movie at school?

4. What are some of the rumors Paddy and his friends heard about the death of Sean Rickard? What actually killed Sean?

5. Where does the Clarke family go for Sinbad's Holy Communion and what happens when they are there?

6. Describe Paddy's relationship with his two sisters, Catherine and Deirdre.

7. Using details from the text, describe what happens when Paddy and Kevin enter the nurse's office to have their marks checked.

8. When does Paddy's da usually teach Paddy new songs and what are some of the songs Paddy's father taught him?

9. Paddy and his family go on a picnic. Describe how the picnic went and the general atmosphere of the picnic from Paddy's point-of-view.

10. On some Fridays, Paddy's school would show a movie for the end of the day. What usually happened when the movies were shown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story Paddy often tells lies. What are some of the lies Paddy tells? Later in the story Paddy explains why he lies. Using details from the text and classroom discussion, explain why Paddy likes to make up stories that are not true.

Essay Topic 2

What are some of Paddy's fears? How does fear play a central role in the novel? Are Paddy's fears substantial or just trivial?

Essay Topic 3

10-year-old Paddy has amazing insights regarding his parents' various behaviors and mannerisms. Using details from the text, describe some of the behaviorisms that Paddy noted about his ma and da. Are there any other characters that Paddy picked up the mannerisms of?

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