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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. What stroke is Ellerby's swimming specialty?

2. When the CAT class volunteer plays a tape to start his presentation, what song does the volunteer play?

3. What was the name of the principal at the narrator's junior high school?

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

5. How old was Ellerby when his brother was killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Ms. Lemry say to Sarah Byrnes that changed Sarah Byrnes' mind about Ms. Lemry?

2. As the CAT class heads into the last day of their abortion discussion, what piece of advice does Ms. Lemry give to Ellerby?

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

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

5. After hearing what the man waiting for Moby and Ellerby tells them when the two boys are called to the office during their study hall, how does Ellerby respond to the man's words?

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

7. How do the counselors on the psych unit know that Sarah Byrnes can hear them?

8. When Moby and Ellerby are called to the office during their study hall, what does the man waiting for the two boys tell them?

9. Before visiting his friend in the hospital, how long had it been since the narrator had been on the psychiatric unit and why had he been there?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Moby is involved with two very different girls. Compare and contrast the relationship Moby has with Sarah Byrnes and the relationship Moby has with Jody Mueller. Then, compare and contrast these two women. How do these relationships influence not only Moby, but also the other people that are in his life?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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