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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 Ms. Lemry asks for volunteers to present their subject for the CAT class presentation, who goes first?

2. According to what Moby tells the hospital counselor, how many times has Moby been to Sarah Byrnes' house since meeting her in grade school?

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

4. When Moby and his mother discuss her boyfriend's modesty levels, who does Moby say his mother's boyfriend is too modest for?

5. When Ellerby is called on to present his ideas around the abortion issue, what does Ellerby change the discussion to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story, there are several situations where Moby's life is in danger.

a. Identify at least three instances where Moby's life is in danger. Describe the situation and how Moby escapes.

b. Compare and contrast the dangerous situations in which others are attempting to harm Moby. What is the motivation in each of these situations to harm Moby?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how the character of Mark Brittain changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Mark's character when he is first introduced at swim practice, when he confronts Ellerby in CAT regarding the abortion issue, when he accuses Jody of lying and when he finally seeks Moby's advice about how to repair the damage he has done. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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