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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. What does the houseboat hit in Chapter 17?
2. Who does Malley tell her parents is driving them home in Chapter 20?
3. What color bracelets does Richard think he sees Malley wearing when he first sees her in Chapter 13?
4. What did Richard take in Saint Augustine?
5. What county are Richard and Malley in in Chapter 20 when Richard starts driving down Road 20?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Richard say that his stepfather is not a total wimp?
2. What does Tommy say about getting married to Malley?
3. What is the weather like shortly after Skink arrives on the houseboat in Chapter 16?
4. What happens when Richard climbs a tree to get away from the boar that is chasing him in Chapter 19?
5. Why does Richard say that Hernando de Soto is responsible for the dilemma he and Malley find themselves in in Chapter 19?
6. What do Richard and Malley buy at a Tom Thumb store in Chapter 20?
7. Why does Tommy say he took Corporal Chock's name?
8. Why does Nickle kill and transport gar in his boat?
9. What is the man like that Richard hitches a boat ride with in Chapter 12?
10. How did Tommy's nose get hurt, and how does he say it got hurt?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Richard refers to Skink as his grandfather several times. What type of relationship develops between Richard and Skink, and in what way does Skink serve as a grandfather to Richard?
Essay Topic 2
Richard believes that Tommy is evil. What types of things does Tommy do in the novel that might be described as evil? What becomes known about his past activities? Why would Tommy have been considered evil by Richard or anyone else in the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Richard, Malley, and Skink all find themselves facing troubles in the novel. What troubles do they face, and how do those troubles allow them to form stronger bonds with friends and family?
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