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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. Who is the narrator going to the hospital to visit after finishing practice?

2. What is the name of Moby's mother's new boyfriend?

3. Who is the first person during the abortion discussion to bring up the argument that abortion is not murder; it is a choice?

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

5. As Moby reflects on his date with Jody, he thinks he's not a good soldier. He thinks he's a better what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

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

7. When Mark and Jody are trying to drop the CAT class, what does Moby whisper into Jody's ear?

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

9. Back in junior high, what was the deal that Sarah Byrnes offered to Dale Thornton while they were in Moby's attic room?

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

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

Compare and contrast Ellerby's father with Mark Brittain's father.

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

Throughout the course of the novel, religious overtones abound. In fact, these religious differences become a main motivator in moving the plot forward. Identify at least three different religious views that impacted the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the characters involved, the religious belief, and how the belief impacted the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these beliefs had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

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