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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. When Jody asks Moby to meet her after he finishes swim practice, where do they agree to meet?

2. What is the name of the counselor that introduces herself to the narrator?

3. What is the name of the narrator's English teacher?

4. About how many hours per day does the narrator practice his sport?

5. According to Sarah Byrnes, why did she come to the mental hospital faking her break?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ms. Lemry say she'll sign Mark's drop card, but refuse to sign Jody's drop card?

2. When Moby returns to his desk after Jody and Mark decide to remain in the CAT class, Moby finds a note waiting for him. Who is the note from and what does it say?

3. What does the tattoo on Dale Thornton's forearm say?

4. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

5. When Jody asked Mark about the church's stand on abortion before she had hers, how did Mark answer her?

6. As Moby retreats to his bedroom to do some thinking about Sarah Byrnes and Jody Mueller, why does Moby admit that he's scared to death to start anything up with Jody?

7. What does the surprise visitor to Moby's hospital room ask Moby to do?

8. Why is Sarah Byrnes trying to find her mother?

9. According to his mother, what attribute does the narrator possess that his father did not?

10. When Moby goes looking for someone to talk to about the possibility of dating Jody Mueller, why does the person he finds consider folding towels to be therapy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the novel, religious overtones abound. In fact, these religious differences become a main motivator in moving the plot forward. Identify at least three different religious views that impacted the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the characters involved, the religious belief, and how the belief impacted the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these beliefs had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast how the character of Sarah Byrnes changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of her character when she is first introduced in the story, when she is caught faking her mental health break, when she searches for her mother, and when she is adopted at the end of the story. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties and agendas of the following people in the story: Dale Thornton, Ms. Lemry, Mr. Mautz, Jody Mueller and Mark Brittain.

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