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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 do taxi drivers say is to blame for the heavy traffic in New York?
(a) The people who drive their private cars.
(b) The people who walk.
(c) The pushcarts.
(d) The other taxis.

2. What is the purpose of the spotters who ride on the hoods of some trucks?
(a) They are watching for pushcart vendors.
(b) They are watching for pea pins in the guttters.
(c) They are watching for other trucks.
(d) They are watching for pea pins falling from the sky.

3. What do the trucking company owners do when the casualties get too high?
(a) Take their trucks off the road.
(b) Hire spotters to watch for pea shooters.
(c) Buy more tires.
(d) Tax the tacks.

4. What does Professor Lyman Cumberly say prompted the pushcart war?
(a) The heat.
(b) Wenda Gambling's remark about the big trucks.
(c) The number of trucks on the streets.
(d) Freddie the Florist's bad attitude.

5. Who are hardest hit by the tacks tax?
(a) Teachers.
(b) Hardware stores.
(c) Pushcart peddlers.
(d) Children.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Wenda Gambling say there is a traffic problem in New York?

2. What is the word the citizens of New York use to protest the tacks tax?

3. Who does Big Moe call to complain about the Police Commissioner?

4. Who do the Pea Tack Squad call to help gain entrance into Posey's Peas?

5. On what date does the Mayor order the Pea Blockade?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carlos come up with the idea of how to fight the trucks?

2. What is the attitude of people who find the trucks off the streets?

3. Why is Wenda Gambing included on the panel of traffic experts attempting to explain why the traffic had come to a complete standstill?

4. What is the reaction of people who see a truck with a flat?

5. What is the attitude of the truckers who are doing business in New York during the weeks prior to the pushcart war?

6. What is the pea blockade and who starts it?

7. What does the Pea Tack Squad tell the packaging companies to convince them that they should shut down?

8. Big Moe talks about the fear that the women will become involved in the situation. Why does Big Moe believe women will become involved and what does he say will be the outcome if they do?

9. What is the purpose of the map on the wall at Maxie Hammerman's?

10. How does Mr. Jerusalem become involved in the war?

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