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

2. What executive does Pat go see in the beginning of "A Man in the Way"?

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

4. Who does Pat recruit to steal the script in "Teamed with Genius"?

5. What tone is set by the events at the end of "A Man in the Way"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the man who tries to sit at the Big Table in "Boil Some Water--Lots of It"?

2. What happens when Pat steals the hat in "On the Trail of Pat Hobby"?

3. In "Pat Hobby, Putative Father," who is Pat's son? Describe his origins.

4. In "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles," what shows Pat's desperation, and why is he desperate?

5. In "Pat Hobby Does His Bit," how does Pat get himself into trouble?

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

7. Why does Wainwright give Pat the tickets?

8. In "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles," how does Pat get a loan from Jeff?

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

10. Why does Pat end up begging for tickets to the preview in "Pat Hobby's Preview," and why is this significant?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "Fun in an Artist's Studio," the theme of humiliation runs throughout the story. How is the theme of humiliation reflected in the story? How does the theme of humiliation affect Pat? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

A prominent theme in The Pat Hobby Stories is the politics of Hollywood, and that theme is especially dominant in "Pat Hobby's Preview." How is the theme of Hollywood politics reflected in the story? How does Pat suffer under Hollywood politics? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

Humor is a prominent aspect of The Pat Hobby Stories, and this is especially true in "Pat Hobby's Secret." How is the theme of humor reflected in the story? Cite three examples of how humor is reflected in the story and why each instance is humorous. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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