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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Raymond do when he looks in on Victoria the first night?
(a) Puts blankets on her.
(b) Turns on a nightlight.
(c) Shuts the bedroom window.
(d) Sings her an old cowboy song.

2. What does Maggie do after Irving Curtis whispers something to him?
(a) She cries.
(b) She leaves the room.
(c) She yells at him.
(d) She slaps Irving.

3. Where does Victoria work?
(a) Nowhere.
(b) Holt cafe.
(c) Burger Brawy.
(d) Taste n' Freeze.

4. Why do Ike and Bobby go to the train station?
(a) To watch a train with a new type of diesel engine come into the station.
(b) To take the metro train to school.
(c) To get newspapers for their delivery route.
(d) To watch for their father.

5. What is the purpose of the chutes at the McPherons' place?
(a) To seperate the stallion from the mares.
(b) To vaccinate the cattle individually.
(c) To direct water to outlying fields.
(d) To separate the rams from the ewes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Crowder tell Guthrie to do after the Beckmans leave?

2. What do Ike and Bobby wonder when they get home?

3. Who do Ike and Bobby see inside a vacant house one night?

4. What does Raymond give each of the boys?

5. What does one of Victoria's teachers say she will do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who gathers at the McPherons' for a Memorial Day celebration and what do the brothers tell Guthrie?

2. What do Ike and Bobby do for Christmas and how do they feel about it?

3. What do the McPheron brothers say when Tom Guthrie arrives with Ike and Bobby to help vaccinate their cattle?

4. What does Russell and a friend do to Ike and Bobby?

5. What does Victoria do when Dwayne comes home drunk at three in the morning? What does he do?

6. What strange thing is Ike's horse doing one morning and what does Guthrie say he will do?

7. What does Dr. Martin do after he examines Victoria and what does she ask him?

8. What does Guthrie tell Russell to do when Russell lies to Guthrie and what is the result of Guthrie's request?

9. What does Victoria tell the McPheron brothers about where she was and where do they take her?

10. What happens the third night Victoria is working at a convenience store?

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