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. When Jody asks Moby to meet her after he finishes swim practice, where do they agree to meet?

2. According to what Sarah Byrnes told Dale as he suggested topics for his first article, what did Sarah Byrnes see herself as?

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

4. According to Moby, what does Sarah Byrnes' father make Mr. Mautz look like in comparison?

5. What stroke is Moby's swimming specialty?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Huey-Dewey?

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

5. According to his mother, what attribute does the narrator possess that his father did not?

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

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

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

9. According to the bumper sticker on Ellerby's car, what are the wages of sin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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