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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. When Jody asks Moby to meet her after he finishes swim practice, where do they agree to meet?

2. What is the name of the counselor that introduces herself to the narrator?

3. What is the name of the narrator's English teacher?

4. About how many hours per day does the narrator practice his sport?

5. According to Sarah Byrnes, why did she come to the mental hospital faking her break?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What does the tattoo on Dale Thornton's forearm say?

4. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

5. When Jody asked Mark about the church's stand on abortion before she had hers, how did Mark answer her?

6. As Moby retreats to his bedroom to do some thinking about Sarah Byrnes and Jody Mueller, why does Moby admit that he's scared to death to start anything up with Jody?

7. What does the surprise visitor to Moby's hospital room ask Moby to do?

8. Why is Sarah Byrnes trying to find her mother?

9. According to his mother, what attribute does the narrator possess that his father did not?

10. When Moby goes looking for someone to talk to about the possibility of dating Jody Mueller, why does the person he finds consider folding towels to be therapy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, there are several situations where Moby's life is in danger.

a. Identify at least three instances where Moby's life is in danger. Describe the situation and how Moby escapes.

b. Compare and contrast the dangerous situations in which others are attempting to harm Moby. What is the motivation in each of these situations to harm Moby?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Dale Thornton and Sarah Byrnes can be seen as kindred spirits - owing to the similarities in their early childhood experiences. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two characters' similarities facilitate the plot's development and move the story forward.

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