Small Steps Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does Kaira invite Armpit to visit her?

2. What does Kaira try to do when she hears Armpit come in the front room of her suite?

3. How does El Genius get into Armpit's room?

4. When does Kaira say she thinks of Armpit?

5. Who has been embezzling money from Kaira?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Armpit decide about the trip and how does he feel about his decision?

2. What does Armpit realize about a song he hears Kaira sing?

3. What does El Genius do in Armpit's room?

4. What does Armpit stop to buy and then where do Kaira and Armpit go?

5. What happens when Kaira is getting ready for her show and El Genius comes in her room?

6. Describe the conversation between Detective Newburg and Armpit after he witnesses X-Ray's interrogation.

7. In what dilemmas is Armpit immersed, and what does he decide?

8. What happens to make Kaira throw coffee in Armpit's face and leave?

9. Who visits Armpit while he is doing some plumbing and what do they want?

10. Describe the phone conversation between X-Ray and Armpit.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Armpit and X-Ray. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ginny and Kaira. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Small Steps help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the story line. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Escaping the past, is explored or commented on in several ways. The first is in the opening images of Chapter 6, in which the man crossing the street is portrayed as, and seen by Armpit as, avoiding him because of his criminal history. The key point here is that Armpit chooses not to react - that is, he's no longer reacting negatively to those who DO react negatively to his past. Armpit's determination to move beyond his past also manifests in his avoidance of the teenagers in the car, all of whom he knows from his previous life and all of whom are living and/or behaving in ways that he no longer wants to participate in.

1. Do you think it is unlikely that the man crossed the street to avoid Armpit? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Small Steps to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss ways in which a person like Armpit might set himself free from his past. Use examples from your own life and Small Steps to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss the changes that may have occurred inside Armpit that keeps him from reacting negatively to the man on the street. Use examples from your own life and Small Steps to support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Small Steps based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Small Steps is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Small Steps a successful novel? What about young teens?

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