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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 Moby, what class was Sarah Byrnes in when she "just tripped out"?

2. When Ellerby and Moby begin discussing Ellerby's relationship with his father, for how long have Moby and Ellerby known each other?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 6 when Moby goes to visit Sarah Byrnes, who is already with her when Moby arrives?

4. According to what Moby tells the hospital counselor, how many times has Moby been to Sarah Byrnes' house since meeting her in grade school?

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

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

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

4. How does the narrator describe his hospitalized friend without spirit in her eyes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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