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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. After "Crispy Pork Rinds" folded, how many hollow gumballs did Byrnes and Moby distribute to people who had "wronged" them?

2. On the 95th 100, how many seconds do Ellerby and Moby plan to go under the standard?

3. What is the new position that Moby's junior high principal now holds at the high school?

4. What does CAT stand for?

5. When Dale Thornton first became involved in "Crispy Pork Rinds," who did Dale suggest has the subject for his first article?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the tattoo on Dale Thornton's forearm say?

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

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

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

6. Who is Huey-Dewey?

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

8. How does Moby describe his high school principal?

9. Why does Ms. Lemry say she'll sign Mark's drop card, but refuse to sign Jody's drop card?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Crutcher uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

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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