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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 do Ginny and Armpit's conversation about Kaira reveal?
2. How much does Armpit say he paid for the tickets?
3. How will Armpit get to where Kaira is?
4. What seemed overwhelming to Armpit?
5. What does X-Ray reveal about himself to Armpit's boss?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Armpit realize about a song he hears Kaira sing?
2. What does the letter Armpit receives from Kaira say?
3. In what dilemmas is Armpit immersed, and what does he decide?
4. Who visits Armpit while he is doing some plumbing and what do they want?
5. What does El Genius do in Armpit's room?
6. Describe the conversation between Detective Newburg and Armpit after he witnesses X-Ray's interrogation.
7. What happens when Armpit encounters Felix and Moses coming back from his speech exam?
8. How does Kaira discover that Armpit is ticklish and what does Fred interrupt?
9. What happens when Armpit witnesses an interrogation of X-Ray?
10. Describe Armpit's conversation with Detective Newburg.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by Small Steps. Questions that Sachar most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Sachar' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Sachar' probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Sachar and see how his life might have influenced his writing.
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Small Steps help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Small Steps? Why or why not?
3. Choose one specific incident in Small Steps to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
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