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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. How many swimmers finish the full 100 100's?

2. Where did Moby and Ellerby first meet?

3. How many students are enrolled in the CAT class?

4. In Chapter 3, Moby and Ellerby are heading towards a "special" workout. How many 100's are scheduled for the day's workout?

5. What was the name of the principal at the narrator's junior high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

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

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

4. Who is Huey-Dewey?

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

6. How do the counselors on the psych unit know that Sarah Byrnes can hear them?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Crutcher uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

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