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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 sport does the narrator definitely NOT want to participate in?

2. What stroke is Moby's swimming specialty?

3. What is the new position that Moby's junior high principal now holds at the high school?

4. According to the "expose" on Mautz's illegitimate son for "Crispy Pork Rinds", who did Mautz's son have an affair with?

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. Before visiting his friend in the hospital, how long had it been since the narrator had been on the psychiatric unit and why had he been there?

2. What reason does Mark Brittain give to Ms. Lemry as an explanation for why he and Jody want to drop the CAT class?

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

4. How does the narrator describe his hospitalized friend without spirit in her eyes?

5. What is the deal regarding musical equipment that Moby and his mother have?

6. What is Ms. Lemry's initial argument to Mark when he tries to drop the CAT class?

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

8. According to Moby, why were he and Sarah Byrnes able to produce such a high-quality publication in junior high school when they published "Crispy Pork Rinds"?

9. In the CAT class, why does Ms. Lemry decide that the class will spend several days discussing the topic of abortion?

10. As the story opens, how does the narrator describe his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development and the readers' involvement?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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