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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 is the name of the narrator's English teacher?

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

3. What does CAT stand for?

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

5. When Moby is eavesdropping as Mark tries to drop CAT, what does Moby liken Mark's memory to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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. Which of Moby's dysfunctional behaviors does his mother hate the most?

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

9. When Moby returns to his desk after Jody and Mark decide to remain in the CAT class, Moby finds a note waiting for him. Who is the note from and what does it say?

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

Mr. Mautz wears different masks in the story. Both a respected school vice-principal and a bully to his students, Mautz is a study in contradictions. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides/personas of Mr. Mautz. How would the entire plot have been affected if Mautz had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Matuz to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast how the character of Sarah Byrnes changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of her character when she is first introduced in the story, when she is caught faking her mental health break, when she searches for her mother, and when she is adopted at the end of the story. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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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