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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 "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish," what holiday is it?

2. In "The Homes of the Stars," what does Pat buy from the drug store?

3. Whom does Pat blame for his problems in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

4. In "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," what was the person that Pat hit actually doing?

5. Where are the visitors from in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Pat directs the chauffeur to Shirley Temple's house in "The Homes of the Stars"?

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

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

6. In "The Homes of the Stars," what kind of scam does Pat run?

7. In "Pat Hobby's College Days," how does Pat sabotage himself?

8. What happens during the shooting of the scene in "Pat Hobby Does His Bit"?

9. In "Fun in an Artist's Studio," how does the artist try to get the look of desperation in Pat's face?

10. In "Pat Hobby's Preview," what does the co-writer's demand that Pat's name be taken off the credits indicate?

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

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 3

In "No Harm Trying," the story is built up in such a way that one thinks they will know the ending, but it ends up being a surprise. However, it reflects many themes from the collection of stories. What happens in the conclusion? What themes are reflected in the conclusion, and how are they reflected? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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