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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. Why does Armpit decide to take Ginny to the concert?

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

3. What was Theodore bitten by in the armpit?

4. How is Kaira attired?

5. Why does Armpit threaten X-Ray?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What makes Tatiana decide not to go with Armpit and who does he invite?

3. What happens when X-Ray wakes Armpit the next morning?

4. Why does Armpit want to borrow one of Ginny's stuffed animals and which one does she recommend?

5. Why is Cotton fired and what does Kaira promise to do about it?

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

7. How does Armpit finally understand his economics concepts?

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

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

10. Who is X-Ray and what does he want of Armpit and what is Armpit's initial response to X-Ray's proposal?

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Small Steps is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Small Steps. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of trust in Small Steps. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be trustworthy? Why? Which are not?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of change in Small Steps. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid? Which characters change the most? How?

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