The Sportswriter 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 the visitor want with Frank upon Frank's return from Detroit?

2. What is Frank listening to outside on the holiday morning?

3. Who does Frank call on the holiday morning in Chapter 9?

4. Out by Frank's car at Vicki's dads, what does Vicki do to Frank?

5. While Frank is at his desk in Chapter 13, who comes over to see Frank?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Frank find his welcoming at Berkshire College by the other professors?

2. What does Frank do when he returns to his office in New York after Easter?

3. How does the uneasiness between Vicki and Frank show when Frank arrives at Vicki's father's home?

4. Where does Frank read Walter's letter and what makes him so shocked?

5. Who is waiting for Frank when he returns home from Detroit? What does this person want?

6. How does the search for Walter's daughter help Frank?

7. Where is Frank at when he is making a phone call after leaving Wade's house and what happens while he is making a call?

8. On the way home from Vicki's father's on Easter, who does Frank think of and what does he do about it?

9. Through this search for Walter's daughter in Florida, what has Walter given Frank?

10. What does Walter want to talk to Frank about after Frank returns from Detroit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ralph's death from Reye's Syndrome caused a big shake up in the lives of Ralph's family, eventually even leading to divorce. How can Ralph's death be viewed as a foreshadowing event for both Frank and X? Be sure to include details and examples from the story to defend your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are several characters in this book who seem to have no direction in their life. Students will choose one of the following characters from the book; Frank, Walter, or X. Students will then write about how the book details or shows this character has no direction in their life and how they are lost in a quiet despair.

Essay Topic 3

Walter is a man who Frank meets as a member of the Divorced Men Club. Who is this Walter? Write a biography of Walter, giving as much information about Walter as you can provide. Give specific examples and details from the story to support your biography.

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