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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. Who is Sarah Jenkins?
(a) Lila Wingo's sister-in-law.
(b) One of Grandfather Amos' servants.
(c) A neighbor of the Wingos'.
(d) An eighty-five-year-old black midwife.

2. What news do Tom and his family discover in Chapter One?
(a) Tom's brother decided to move back home.
(b) Savannah has tried to commit suicide again.
(c) Lila has finally remarried.
(d) Tom's father recently passed away.

3. What does Ruby Blankenship offer the children?
(a) Juicy Fruit.
(b) Orange juice.
(c) Saltwater taffy.
(d) Cotton candy.

4. What do we learn about Lila's father in Chapter Eleven?
(a) He was deadpan and nondescript.
(b) He was a caring and loving provider.
(c) He was an evil-tempered drunk.
(d) He was a cheapskate.

5. Tom recalls a time during his________ year when he killed a bald eagle.
(a) Tenth.
(b) Fifteenth.
(c) Fifth.
(d) Twentieth.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would you describe the tone of Dr. Lowenstein when she refers to Tom as "Tom Wingo of South Carolina"?

2. How does Henry initially present himself to Lila?

3. After the children are in bed, where do Tom and his wife go?

4. Why might Conroy have included the scene with Tolitha's coffin in Chapter Eight?

5. According to Tom, which character seems to be the most caring person in the children's lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is curious about Tolitha and Amos having Henry for a son?

2. How does the phone call contrast with the idyllic opening of Chapter 1?

3. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

4. What is one of the benefits of Tom's extraordinary childhood?

5. What is the significance of the game Tom plays with his daughters?

6. How would you describe Lila Wingo?

7. How does the scene in the funeral parlor contrast with the rest of the Wingo childhood?

8. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

9. How does Lila react to the news of Tom's actions against Todd?

10. How does Lila react to Henry's buying a tiger?

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