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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 nickname does the narrator go by?

2. Why did Sarah Byrnes crash into her dad the night she was burned?

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

4. What is the name of Ellerby's car?

5. How old was Ellerby when his brother was killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. Who is Huey-Dewey?

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

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

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 the narrator's hospitalized friend told him, why were her burns never surgically corrected?

8. What is the deal regarding musical equipment that Moby and his mother have?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. Mautz wears different masks in the story. Both a respected school vice-principal and a bully to his students, Mautz is a study in contradictions. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides/personas of Mr. Mautz. How would the entire plot have been affected if Mautz had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Matuz to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Parental and authority figures play a crucial role in shaping the young people they are in contact with. Identify at least three parental and/or authority figures in the story. For each character identified, discuss who and how the parental/authority figure affects the story's main characters, as well as the character's overall impact on the story's plot. Finally, determine if the parental/authority figure was a good or bad role model and why. Use examples from the story to support your reasoning.

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