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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. Where did Moby and Ellerby first meet?

2. How does the narrator characterize the world in his CAT class discussion?

3. What does CAT stand for?

4. When Ellerby tried to run away after his brother was killed, where did Ellerby try to go?

5. What color does the person visiting Sarah Byrnes in Chapter 6 traditionally wear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. Who is Huey-Dewey?

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The book is entitled, "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes." Why did the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main character and the determination of Moby to set things right?

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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