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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. After "Crispy Pork Rinds" folded, Byrnes and Moby distributed hollow gumballs to people who had "wronged" them. What were the gumballs laced with?

2. What nickname does the narrator go by?

3. According to what Moby tells the hospital counselor, when did Dale Thornton drop out of school?

4. According to Sarah Byrnes' theory, who told Dale Thornton that Moby was responsible for "Crispy Pork Rinds"?

5. How many swimmers finish the full 100 100's?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. According to what Ellerby tells Moby, why has Ellerby to this point stayed as far away from Sarah Byrnes as possible?

7. According to what the narrator's hospitalized friend told him, why were her burns never surgically corrected?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dale Thornton and Sarah Byrnes can be seen as kindred spirits - owing to the similarities in their early childhood experiences. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two characters' similarities facilitate the plot's development and move the story forward.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the novel, Moby is involved with two very different girls. Compare and contrast the relationship Moby has with Sarah Byrnes and the relationship Moby has with Jody Mueller. Then, compare and contrast these two women. How do these relationships influence not only Moby, but also the other people that are in his life?

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