The Pushcart War Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jean Merrill
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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. How is Maxie Hammerman plotting the "battle?"

2. Who gives the famous "peanut butter speech?"

3. Who are hardest hit by the tacks tax?

4. What does Old Anna say the real menace is?

5. Who does Maxie say has the record for the most hits?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the incident that begins the pushcart war.

2. What is the attitude of the pushcart vendors with regard to the children taking up their war against the trucks?

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 do the terms "Don't be a truck" and "You're a crackpot" come to mean after the arrest of Frank the Flower?

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

6. What is the tactic being used by General Anna to cause flats and why?

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

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

10. Give a basic overview of the "peanut butter speech."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There comes a point where children get involved in the battle by shooting out truck tires with pea shooters. What happens to the language people use as this situation evolves? Describe this "language," including the code names and how it might have impacted the language of the people of the period. Do you consider the sayings funny?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Joey Kafflis? What is the document Joey produces that provides an inside look into the pushcart war? Describe what Joey writes in this document.

Essay Topic 3

Relate the story of Frank the Flower's interview with the Police Commissioner. Compare that with the Commissioner's interview with Maxie Hammerman. How do the two men manage to twist things to put themselves in a good light?

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