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Robert Goolrick
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened often to the boys when they played a game down by the river with rocks?
(a) They would be tattled on by the girls.
(b) They would accidentally drop rocks on their heads.
(c) They would be arrested.
(d) They would die.

2. What didn't anyone during Goolrick's childhood drink?
(a) Scotch.
(b) Wine.
(c) Beer.
(d) Whiskey.

3. Why did Goolrick like to go to the homes of other people?
(a) They had alcohol.
(b) They had electricity.
(c) They had fancy cars.
(d) They had televisions.

4. What does Goolrick admit those in the hospital still feel?
(a) A sense of dignity.
(b) A sense of anger.
(c) A sense of competitiveness.
(d) A sense of righteousness.

5. How does the other person try suicide?
(a) He slits his wrists and his throat.
(b) She overdosed.
(c) He drove his car off a cliff.
(d) She tried to hang herself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Goolrick do the morning of the funeral?

2. Where did Goolrick meet the male lover he discusses in "Summer of our Suicides"?

3. Why is Goolrick happy the door is always locked?

4. What did Goolrick read to his brother's wife in the church?

5. What did this person say was the basis for the suicide attempt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Goolrick means by calling his brother "a sly one" (pg. 124).

2. Describe the game Goolrick and his brother used to play as children, and the consequences.

3. Explain the young man who joins the ward while Goolrick is there.

4. Describe the situation when Goolrick tried to help his mother with a wound on her elbow.

5. Explain Goolrick's story of his "real" parents.

6. Explain what Goolrick means when he talks about the mystery of how most people carry on.

7. Describe Goolrick's relationship with his male lover.

8. Explain why Goolrick's parents were so angry with him for writing his first book.

9. Describe Mrs. Lackman's son.

10. Describe details about the mental hospital.

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