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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. Where does the narrator describe locking himself in his hotel room for over a week in the beginning of Chapter 1: “Boy with a Skull”?
(a) Atlanta.
(b) Houston.
(c) New York.
(d) Amsterdam.

2. How old is Theo when his mother is killed?
(a) 11.
(b) 16.
(c) 15.
(d) 13.

3. What kind of car does Theo’s father drive when they leave the Las Vegas airport in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”?
(a) A Cadillac.
(b) A Jeep.
(c) A Lexus.
(d) A Porsche.

4. How does Theo describe the woman that arrives at his door in the end of Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”?
(a) A petite Irish woman.
(b) A tall Native American woman.
(c) A chubby Korean woman.
(d) An elderly black woman.

5. What kind of dog does Xandra have?
(a) A miniature pincher.
(b) A German Shepherd.
(c) A Great Dane.
(d) A Maltese.

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused the death of Pippa’s mother?

2. What is the name of the bar that Xandra manages on the Strip in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”?

3. What is the name of Xandra’s dog?

4. Who is the telephone message from that Theo listens to after returning home from the bombing in Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”?

5. What is Boris’s last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Theo’s father behave toward Theo in Chapter 6: “Wind, Sand and Stars”?

2. What psychological disorder does Theo’s father display the characteristics of, as seen in Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”?

3. What event does the narrator describe on April 10, fourteen years prior, in Chapter 1: “Boy with a Skull”?

4. Why does Theo’s father make Theo call his mother’s lawyer in Chapter 6: “Wind, Sand and Stars”? What does Theo learn during the call?

5. What fears occupy Theo’s mind as a young child, as illustrated in Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”? Why?

6. What information does Theo learn regarding his grandparents in Chapter 3: “Park Avenue”?

7. Who is the narrator of the novel? What are the current circumstances of the narrator in Chapter 1: “Boy with a Skull”?

8. How is the arrival of Theo’s father described in Chapter 4: “Morphine Lollipop”? Who accompanies Theo’s father when he arrives?

9. Where does Theo go to stay after his mother’s death in Chapter 3: “Park Avenue”? Why?

10. How does Theo describe the setting of Boris’s bedroom in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”?

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