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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. Armpit is reluctant to let go of ______________.

2. What part of the tale about the concert does Armpit leave out?

3. What does Kaira hope about Aileen?

4. Who is Coo?

5. What does Armpit say he'll never do again?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ginny and what do she and Armpit talk about when he gets home?

2. What happens that makes Theodore decide to turn his life around?

3. What does Kaira say about Armpit and Ginny's experience with the forged tickets?

4. Why does Kaira ride in the band's bus and whose music does the band play for her?

5. Why does Armpit get angry with X-Ray, and how does X-Ray respond?

6. Who is Karia DeLeon?

7. What happens to Armpit on his way home, and why does the incident not bother him?

8. Describe the time leading up to Armpit and Ginny finally getting in their seats.

9. What happens between Armpit and some police officers and why?

10. Why are Armpit's parents concerned about Armpit taking Ginny to the concert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Louis Sachar.

2. What in Sachar's background may have helped him in writing Small Steps? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Small Steps is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of Small Steps, Armpit grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Small Steps might be considered a slice of Armpit's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Small Steps is a "bildungsroman" of Theodore Johnson. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Armpit as he changes from a more immature, gullible boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Armpit?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Armpit's growth throughout Small Steps, do you think Small Steps could be considered Armpit's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Small Steps who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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