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. Whom did Pat's ex-wife marry in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

2. Whom does Pat owe money to in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

3. What happens to Pat's gift in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

4. What is the result of Pat's actions in Berners' office in "A Man in the Way"?

5. In "Pat Hobby, Putative Father," what does Pat's son reveal to him about his uncle?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Homes of the Stars," what happens when Pat leads a couple into the house that he pretends is Shirley Temple's?

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

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

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

5. In "Pat Hobby's Secret," how does Pat get the ending to the story from Woll?

6. How is Pat's lack of influence in Hollywood displayed in "The Homes of the Stars"?

7. In "Teamed With Genius," what does everyone else predict about Pat, and how do they anticipate his actions?

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

9. In "A Man in the Way," how does Berners react to finding out the truth about Pat?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "A Patriotic Short," Pat reminisces about the past. How do themes of the past present themselves in the story? Name two specific examples of how the themes of the past present themselves in the story. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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