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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. As Sarah Byrnes' visitor is leaving in Chapter 6, what does her visitor ask Moby?

2. According to Ms. Lemry during the abortion discussion, what is Ellerby prone to?

3. Why did Sarah Byrnes refuse to write an expose on the person Dale suggested for his first article?

4. What is Mr. Ellerby's occupation?

5. According to the narrator, what does he share with his hospitalized friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is nearly impossible for Moby to admit to other people?

2. Name Mark Brittain's three brothers and one sister.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Identify the main desires of Mr. Byrnes. What does he hope to gain by abusing his daughter and harming Moby? For each desire, tell Mr. Byrnes' reasoning behind the desire and what he ultimately hoped to accomplish through his actions.

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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