Shaking the Nickel Bush Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ralph Moody
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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. Ralph makes a deal with the movie people for _______________ per fall.

2. What does the person in #25 show Ralph?

3. What does Lonnie steal for their Thanksgiving meal?

4. What does the car run into, leaving dent's in the car's back end?

5. What town do the boys pull into on their second day of the trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What deal does Lonnie make for the car and what is Mr. Larsen's opinion of the deal?

2. What does Lonnie do while driving and learning that Ralph is willing to let Lonnie be part owner of the vehicle?

3. Why was Ralph not able to serve in the military during World War I?

4. What is revealed about Ralph's character in the first two chapters?

5. What advice does the train conductor give Ralph about jumping trains?

6. Who creates a commotion on the movie set one night?

7. Explain the experience the boys have while trying to get the car up the hills?

8. What does Ralph teach himself to do at the movie set?

9. Who are the Larsens and what role do they play in Ralph's life?

10. Who is Lonnie, and where do he and Ralph head to look for jobs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Moody end the story on a note of hope for Ralph or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with flawed relationships and evolving trends and ways of life? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ralph and Lonnie. Both young men are trying to carve out new lives but seem to have different methods and goals. How are Ralph and Lonnie alike? How are they different? On what things do they agree? What is the thing that threatens to separate them? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Lonnie. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Lonnie?

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