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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 name is printed in the geometry book that Junior receives in class in Chapter 4: "Because Geometry Is Not a Country Somewhere Near France"?
2. Where does Penelope tell Junior she wants to go to college in Chapter 15: "Hunger Pains"?
3. What is Junior's history class studying in the beginning of Chapter 15: "Hunger Pains"?
4. What is the condition that Junior says he was born with in Chapter 1: "The Black Eye of the Month Club"?
5. How much money does Junior's father give him for lunch money when he drops him off at school in Chapter 7: "Rowdy Sings the Blues"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Junior describe his feelings about his sister's marriage in Chapter 12: "Slouching Toward Thanksgiving"?
2. What prediction does Junior's grandmother make in Chapter 9: "Grandmother Gives Me Some Advice"?
3. How does Junior describe the changes in how he's perceived around Penelope in Chapter 15: "Hunger Pains"?
4. How does Arnold Spirit, Sr. handle the situation with Oscar in Chapter 2: "Why Chicken Means So Much to Me"? How does Junior respond to the situation?
5. Why does Mr. P tell Junior that he forgives him in Chapter 5: "Hope Against Hope"?
6. What leads up to Junior throwing the textbook in Chapter 4: "Because Geometry Is Not a Country Somewhere Near France"?
7. What action does Junior take toward reconciliation with Rowdy in Chapter 14: "Thanksgiving"?
8. How does Junior describe the character of Dawn in Chapter 10: "Tears of a Clown"?
9. How do Junior's parents respond to Junior's decision about school in Chapter 6: "Go Means Go"? What warning do they impart on him?
10. How does Junior justify Rowdy's reaction to his announcement in Chapter 7: "Rowdy Sings the Blues"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss and analyze the conversation between Gordy and Junior in Chapter 18: "Don't Trust Your Computer." What points of view does Gordy put forth in this conversation examining the struggle between individuality and community? How does Gordy describe man’s struggle between these two forces? What historical philosophers have also pondered this question?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Penelope’s dream of being an architect in the novel. Why does Penelope say she wants to study architecture? What is Penelope’s overall objective in doing so? How does Junior relate to this dream of Penelope’s?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze and discuss the character of Rowdy in the novel. How does Junior describe his best friend? What are Rowdy’s best attributes? How does Rowdy differ from Junior? How does Rowdy’s friendship with Junior change in the story?
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