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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 Travis tell Catch about Amanda?
2. Why is Robert fired from his supermarket position?
3. What does Billy put on to wear?
4. What population of people does Travis try to persuade Catch to eat first?
5. What habit does Effrom has that he believes Amanda does not know about?
Short Essay Questions
1. Pine Cove has a long history, as described in Chapter 2. Explain the history of the town, including the name changes.
2. What is the Wheel of Abuse, and where did Rachel receive it?
3. Explain why Travis lies to Catch about meeting Amanda.
4. Explain how Catch came to be on Earth.
5. Describe Effrom's morning routine at the beginning of Chapter 11.
6. What is the second event that led Robert to believe miraculous events always arise to help him out of problems?
7. Why is Catch seeking a new master?
8. Give a brief summary of the events which lead Travis to the Head of the Slug.
9. In Chapter 1, the Breeze expresses several opinions of Billy Winston. Does the Breeze seem to like Billy?
10. Describe Rachel as a child, and her marriage to Merle Henderson.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Comedy plays a central role in the novel, as the author often uses humor to lighten the storyline. Choose one plot line from the choices below, and explain how the author uses humor to enhance the storyline:
1. Catch's character development
2. Robert's slow decline in life
3. Mavis' slow body decline.
Essay Topic 2
Abuse also plays a powerful role in the novel. Rachel is physically abused by her first husband, and mentally abuses other people herself for her own gain. Robert, while in a milder form, appears to abuse himself throughout the novel as an alcoholic. Catch abuses Travis, and Travis equally abuses Catch. Choose one of these characters, and give, in detail, how abuse has affected his or her life. Do their actions seem to stem from a history of abuse? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Good against evil is a theme throughout the book. Choose any two of the characters below and explain why they are good or evil, or a mixture of both. Be sure to explain your answer using examples from the novel. What shows they are good or bad? Do you believe they can change? Why or why not?
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