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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 is the condition for Pat's gift broken in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

2. What makes the couple in "The Homes of the Stars" suspicious that they are in the wrong star's home?

3. In "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles," whom does everyone keep talking about?

4. What does Pat do at the end of "The Homes of the Stars"?

5. Who died in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what faults Pat finds in the actress, call boy, and director in "No Harm Trying."

2. In "Teamed With Genius," why does Pat refuse to be left out in writing the script?

3. How does "Boil Some Water--Lots of It" touch on the theme of respect?

4. In "No Harm Trying," why does Pat's idea fail?

5. How does Pat mess up the opportunity he is given in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

6. How does Pat stoop to a new low in "Teamed With Genius"?

7. In "No Harm Trying," whom does Pat bring together and for what purpose?

8. Who does Pat blame for his problem, and who should he be blaming in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

9. In "Pat Hobby's Preview," what has caused Pat to lose respect since movies have changed?

10. In "Pat Hobby's Secret," how is the story a little more optimistic than the previous stories in the collection?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "A Man in the Way," Pat shows his darker side. Describe the transformation of Pat's character throughout the story. What instigates his transformation? Does Pat's transformation aid or deter him? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Though Pat tries to do something good in "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," he ends up being the bad guy. What were Pat's intentions in the story? What results from Pat's actions, and what does this reveal about his character? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

Pat used to be an important person at the studio. He was successful and popular, but that has changed. How has Pat's career transformed throughout the years? What is his role as a writer now, and how does his current role affect his judgment? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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