Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Mr. Ellerby's occupation?

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

3. How many students in the CAT class does Moby know have picketed outside the town's abortion clinic?

4. What is the new position that Moby's junior high principal now holds at the high school?

5. What does the narrator's mother think his father teaches?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. In the CAT class, why does Ms. Lemry decide that the class will spend several days discussing the topic of abortion?

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

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 the characteristics, roles, loyalties and agendas of the following people in the story: Dale Thornton, Ms. Lemry, Mr. Mautz, Jody Mueller and Mark Brittain.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Moby and Mark Brittain.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

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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