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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 Jody and Moby's discussion, what isn't getting talked about in the CAT discussion of abortion?

2. According to the narrator, how long had he "stayed fat" for his friend?

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

4. After sharing her painful story with Moby, what does Sarah Byrnes do?

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

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. When Mark and Jody are trying to drop the CAT class, what does Moby whisper into Jody's ear?

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

4. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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