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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 the story opens, what is the only thing that the narrator has from his father?

2. When Ellerby is called on to present his ideas around the abortion issue, what does Ellerby change the discussion to?

3. What nickname did Dale Thornton used to call Sarah Byrnes in junior high?

4. How many students in the CAT class does Moby know have picketed outside the town's abortion clinic?

5. According to what Moby tells the hospital counselor, how many times has Moby been to Sarah Byrnes' house since meeting her in grade school?

Short Essay Questions

1. While Moby recovers in his hospital room, he feels pretty cocky when his mom and the police are around. How does Moby admit he feels when he is alone?

2. What is the main reason that Moby does not let people get close to him?

3. As Brittain begins to lose it in the CAT class on the last day of their abortion discussion, what does Brittain tell Sarah Byrnes?

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

5. According to the bumper sticker on Ellerby's car, what are the wages of sin?

6. What advice does the counselor give to the narrator when he first visits his friend at the hospital?

7. Why does Ellerby sometimes threaten to give his Rottweiler to Moby?

8. Back in junior high, what was the deal that Sarah Byrnes offered to Dale Thornton while they were in Moby's attic room?

9. Why does Moby not keep a journal - even though his mother has been encouraging him to do so since grade school?

10. When Moby asks the person he finds folding towels their opinion about Moby's dating Jody Mueller, what response does Moby get?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 the characteristics, roles, loyalties and agendas of the following people in the story: Dale Thornton, Ms. Lemry, Mr. Mautz, Jody Mueller and Mark Brittain.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Ellerby's father with Mark Brittain's father.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

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