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

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

3. How many students are enrolled in the CAT class?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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"?

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

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

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 3

Mr. Mautz wears different masks in the story. Both a respected school vice-principal and a bully to his students, Mautz is a study in contradictions. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides/personas of Mr. Mautz. How would the entire plot have been affected if Mautz had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Matuz to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.

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