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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 Ellerby tried to run away after his brother was killed, how many blocks did Ellerby get before getting picked up by the police?

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

3. After "Crispy Pork Rinds" folded, how many hollow gumballs did Byrnes and Moby distribute to people who had "wronged" them?

4. When Sarah Byrnes had appeared at Moby's house as Moby was revising the Huey-Dewey article, who was with Sarah Byrnes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the narrator's English teacher call him Double-E?

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

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

6. How do the counselors on the psych unit know that Sarah Byrnes can hear them?

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

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

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

10. Which of Moby's dysfunctional behaviors does his mother hate the most?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Crutcher uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

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

Examine Dale's character and how he evolves (or not) and what he symbolizes in the story. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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