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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 the name of the narrator's English teacher?

2. What is Ms. Lemry's overriding rule for discussions taking place in the CAT class?

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

4. What is the name of the principal at the high school?

5. In Dale's opinion, what is the very worst thing to be called by someone else?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the story opens, how does the narrator describe his mother?

2. 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"?

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

4. Which of Moby's dysfunctional behaviors does his mother hate the most?

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

6. Who is Huey-Dewey?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What advice does the counselor give to the narrator when he first visits his friend at the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development and the readers' involvement?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. Mautz seems to be a man who is supremely confident in his ability to come out on top - and in his powerful position at the school. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Matuz helped by his utter confidence? How is Mautz hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.

Essay Topic 3

There is no doubt that Ellerby is greatly affected by the events the death of his brother. Discuss how his brother's death and the events thereafter affect not only Ellerby's worldview, but also religious views and his relationships with the people around him. How do Ellerby's experiences affect his mental state, his ability to be objective with his community and his willingness to help Moby and Sarah Byrnes?

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