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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. Which character challenges Tom to a fight after school?
2. How does Tom feel about the day they retrieved the stolen cargo from "The Amberjack"?
3. Where do Tom and Susan go after the dinner party?
4. Whose photo does Tom find in Savannah's apartment?
5. How does Tom feel after reading Renata's book?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tom suspect about Amos' Good Friday walk?
2. Why is Tom shy in the locker room at South Carolina University?
3. Why does Tom continue searching through Savannah's apartment?
4. Why does Tom get in a fight in Chapter 17?
5. What are the ramifications of the divorce proceedings?
6. What is happening to the relationship between Susan and Tom during Chapter Fifteen?
7. What does Tom recognize as he has dinner with his mother?
8. Why is it ironic that Oscar Woodhead hoists Benji on his shoulders after Colleton beats North Charleston?
9. What admission does Susan make that startles Tom over dinner?
10. Why does Susan insist that Savannah wants to become the persona called Renata?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The game of football plays a major role in the lives and events of several characters throughout the novel. Discuss the role of football in the novel. What part does it play in the text? Be sure to examine at least three different accounts of football from the narrative as you develop your thesis about the significance of this sport in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
A major idea in the novel is the concept of transformation. In fact, many of the characters in the novel undergo a transformation or reinvention throughout the course of the novel.
Choose ONE of the following characters and explore the details and significance of his or her transformation. Be sure to include specific and relevant evidence from the text as you develop your response.
Essay Topic 3
While the narrative of the Wingo family abounds with tragedy and conflict, Conroy does manage to interject select scenes to provide a sense of comic relief into the otherwise traumatic account.
Choose ONE scene from the novel that provides some measure of comic relief. Be sure your essay:
A.) Discusses the particular scene in detail for the reader.
B.) Analyzes how this scene provides a relief or contrast to the more serious and depressing elements of the Wingo history.
C.) Evaluates the role of this scene in the overall narrative. Why is it necessary in the story? How would the novel be affected without it?
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