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. When Reverend Ellerby arrives in Mr. Mautz's office, what does Steve tell his father?

2. What run-ins with the law does Virgil Byrnes have on his record?

3. Who does Moby call in order to prevent panic when Moby is reported missing from the hospital?

4. Who eventually finds Virgil Byrnes, beats Virgil up and is arrested?

5. When Moby refuses to tell his caller where Sarah Byrnes is, what does the caller threaten to do to Moby?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moby not tell the police about Virgil's threats?

2. As Moby retreats to his bedroom to do some thinking about Sarah Byrnes and Jody Mueller, why does Moby admit that he's scared to death to start anything up with Jody?

3. As Moby retreats to his bedroom to do some thinking about Sarah Byrnes and Jody Mueller, what does Moby wish for the first time that he had?

4. Why does Sarah Byrnes come back to school even though she knows her father will be looking for her?

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

6. 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?

7. How does Ms. Lemry respond when Mark Brittain insists that everything is about Christianity?

8. According to what Jody tells the class, why did Mark insist that Jody abort their child?

9. What does the surprise visitor to Moby's hospital room ask Moby to do?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

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