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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. According to the "expose" on Mautz's illegitimate son for "Crispy Pork Rinds", how long did Mautz's son's illicit affair last?

2. During his senior year when Moby goes to find Dale Thornton again, what is Dale doing?

3. In what city does the story take place?

4. What does CAT stand for?

5. What is the name of Moby's mother's new boyfriend?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to what Dale Thornton tells Moby in front of Moby's house, how did Sarah Byrnes get the burns on her face?

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

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

4. Describe the only time that Moby's mother had ever laid a hand on her son.

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

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

7. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

8. Name Mark Brittain's three brothers and one sister.

9. How does Ellerby react at the "special" Saturday practice when Brittain and his lane members bow for prayer before beginning their set?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is no doubt that Ellerby is greatly affected by the events the death of his brother. Discuss how his brother's death and the events thereafter affect not only Ellerby's worldview, but also religious views and his relationships with the people around him. How do Ellerby's experiences affect his mental state, his ability to be objective with his community and his willingness to help Moby and Sarah Byrnes?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes is this novel involves bullying.

a. Identify three characters that are bullies. For each character, describe an instance in which the character bullied someone else.

b. Why do these characters bully others?

c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not tried to bully the other person? Explain your answer.

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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