Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. According to the "expose" on Mautz's illegitimate son for "Crispy Pork Rinds", who did Mautz's son have an affair with?

2. After finishing practice at the beginning of the book, where does the narrator go?

3. How does the narrator characterize the world in his CAT class discussion?

4. According to his friend's story, how old was his friend when she was burned?

5. What stroke is Moby's swimming specialty?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ellerby react at the "special" Saturday practice when Brittain and his lane members bow for prayer before beginning their set?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Ellerby sometimes threaten to give his Rottweiler to Moby?

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

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

9. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

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

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

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 3

Examine Dale's character and how he evolves (or not) and what he symbolizes in the story. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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