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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. How old is the character who sweats in Chapter 13?

2. In Chapter 14, what does one interviewee say about getting reposted?

3. What does RECs stand for?

4. In Chapter 9, what does the author say about financial gain relating to this novel?

5. In Chapter 14, how are Stecyk's interviews described by the IRS?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Stecyk's job in Chapter 14?

2. In Chapter 5, what has happened to the boy's mother?

3. How do IRS workers know of the phantoms?

4. In Chapter 22, what details does David give to explain his parents' divorce?

5. What happens with the lawsuits that follow David's father's death?

6. How do the girl and her mother get away in Chapter 8?

7. In Chapter 46, why do Shane and Rand begin a conversation?

8. Why does the author talk about the dullness of the IRS in Chapter 9?

9. In Chapter 10, how does the author explain the existence of the bureaucratic systems he describes?

10. In Chapter 46, what is strange about Shane?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the use of dialogue vs the use of description. Look at how each is used in the novel and what makes these uses effective or ineffective.

Essay Topic 2

How do characters remain the same as they age? How do they change? Compare and contrast the characters who change vs. those who remain the same. What message does this deliver about childhood and the transition into adulthood?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the use of nick names and code words in the IRS. What do these terms suggest about the agency? What do they reveal about the IRS employees? How do they influence the setting of the IRS REC?

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