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. What does Kaira not hear Armpit say?

2. What is on the cheese platter that El Genius takes?

3. What does X-Ray tell Armpit after Felix leaves?

4. What do Ginny and Armpit's conversation about Kaira reveal?

5. Through whom does the suspect say he met Armpit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Armpit notice as he is telling Ginny about his time with Kaira?

6. What does X-Ray tell Armpit and how does Armpit respond?

7. What does Detective Newburg tell Armpit?

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

9. Why is Armpit uneasy in a coffee shop and what does Kaira say about Ginny and Kaira's own work with a dying girl?

10. Describe Armpit's conversation with Detective Newburg.

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

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in Small Steps? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Small Steps, including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Small Steps and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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