Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Test | Final 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. According to what Reverend Ellerby tells Mr. Mautz in the office, why does Reverend Ellerby believe Mark attempted suicide?

2. After having lunch with Mr. Mautz, Moby decides to hang around after swim practice is over. When Lemry questions why, what does Moby tell her?

3. When the getaway car driver asks where Sarah Byrnes wants to go, what is the first suggestion?

4. When Moby and Ellerby are called to the office during their study hall, who is waiting for them in Mr. Mautz's office?

5. Back at school, who watches over the CAT class/study hall since Ms. Lemry is on paid leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. While Moby recovers in his hospital room, he feels pretty cocky when his mom and the police are around. How does Moby admit he feels when he is alone?

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

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

4. When Moby goes looking for someone to talk to about the possibility of dating Jody Mueller, why does the person he finds consider folding towels to be therapy?

5. After Sarah Byrnes bolts from the psych ward, why does Moby return to the psych ward to speak with Laurel?

6. According to Carver, how did Carver manipulate his way into a relationship with Moby's mother?

7. Why is Sarah Byrnes trying to find her mother?

8. According to Jody, why did she have the abortion alone?

9. When Jody asked Mark about the church's stand on abortion before she had hers, how did Mark answer her?

10. While Ellerby and Moby leave Brittain alone outside of the pool, what do they decide to do at practice to teach Brittain some humility?

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

There is no doubt that Ellerby is greatly affected by the events the death of his brother. Discuss how his brother's death and the events thereafter affect not only Ellerby's worldview, but also religious views and his relationships with the people around him. How do Ellerby's experiences affect his mental state, his ability to be objective with his community and his willingness to help Moby and Sarah Byrnes?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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