The Pat Hobby Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," what is the Big Table?

2. In "The Homes of the Stars," how much does Pat agree to get paid?

3. In "Pat Hobby's Secret," what is Mr. Banizon's profession?

4. In "Teamed with Genius," whom will Pat help write the screenplay?

5. Why does Gooddorf refuse to bend to Pat's demands in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," how is Pat's behavior different from his previous actions in other stories?

2. In "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles," how is Pat pushed to the back burner, even when he is dressed like Orson Welles?

3. How does Pat react to Rene Wilcox in "Teamed With Genius"?

4. Describe the character of Pat in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish."

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

6. How does Pat feel about the change in movies in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

7. In "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," how does Pat try to fix the situation regarding the man trying to sit at the Big Table?

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

9. In "Pat Hobby, Putative Father," what does Pat's son offer him and on what condition?

10. In "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish," how does Pat's desperation show through?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "No Harm Trying" is a good example of how things are not always as they seem. How are things much different than they appear in the story? Name three specific examples of how things are not as they originally appear in the story. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Pat Hobby, Putative Father," Pat has never really known his son, who comes to visit the studio. Describe Pat and his son's relationship. How do Pat and his son view each other? How do their views affect the way they interact? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

In "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles," Pat experiences different feelings because of Orson Welles. Whom does Pat blame for his problems, and why? How is Pat responsible for his own problems? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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