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 Armpit hear Kaira sing on the radio one day?

2. Who interrupts a near kiss between Armpit and Kaira?

3. What does Armpit forget for a moment when he arrives at the hotel?

4. What is X-Ray prepared to do?

5. What does Newburg want with Armpit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Armpit's boss say about Armpit's work and what does the boss offer to do?

2. What happens when Armpit encounters Felix and Moses coming back from his speech exam?

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

4. What does Detective Newburg ask Armpit to do and what is his response?

5. Describe the interaction between Armpit and Kaira in the hotel restaurant.

6. What does the letter Armpit receives from Kaira say?

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

8. Describe Armpit's conversation with Detective Newburg.

9. What happens when Armpit gets to the hotel to visit Kaira?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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