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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 does Boris say is his favorite place he’s ever lived in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”?
(a) Jackson, Wyoming.
(b) Honolulu, Hawaii.
(c) New York, New York.
(d) Papua, New Guinea.

2. What does Theo tell Hobie is his hardest subject in school in Chapter 4: “Morphine Lollipop”?
(a) History.
(b) Algebra.
(c) Spanish.
(d) English.

3. What is the name of Andy Barbour’s brother whose room Theo stays in after his mother’s death?
(a) Paul.
(b) Alex.
(c) Toddy.
(d) Platt.

4. Who is the author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter?
(a) Francois de la Fochefoucauld.
(b) Farruco Frantisek.
(c) T. E. Lawrence.
(d) Carson McCullers.

5. Where does Theo tell the social workers that his paternal grandparents live in Chapter 3: “Park Avenue”?
(a) Maryland.
(b) Connecticut.
(c) Maine.
(d) California.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where has Theo duct-taped the painting in a hiding place in Chapter 6: “Wind, Sand and Stars”?

2. Who does Theo say “avoided me as assiduously as if I were a girl he’d dumped” after the death of his mother in Chapter 3: “Park Avenue”?

3. What does Hobie tell Theo that he is, as opposed to a businessman, in Chapter 4: “Morphine Lollipop”?

4. What does Theo tell Hobie his father’s occupation used to be in Chapter 4: “Morphine Lollipop”?

5. 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”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What themes are central in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”? How are these themes illuminated?

2. How does Theo describe his relationship with his father in Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”?

3. How does Theo describe his father’s “newfound” addictions and behavior in Chapter 5: “Badr al-Dine”?

4. What does Theo learn about the red-headed girl in Chapter 4: “Morphine Lollipop”?

5. How does Theo come to the realization that his mother has died in Chapter 2: “The Anatomy Lesson”?

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

7. How does Theo describe the sexual undertones of his friendship with Boris in Chapter 6: “Wind, Sand and Stars”?

8. What is the significance of the dream that is described by the narrator in Chapter 1: “Boy with a Skull”?

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

10. Where does Theo meet Hobie in Chapter 3: “Park Avenue”?

(see the answer keys)

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