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

2. What does Pat try to do to secure a better position in the studio in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

3. How long does it take for the script to be finished in "Teamed with Genius"?

4. How does Pat react to what he sees at lunch in "Boil Some Water--Lots of It"?

5. What is Berners' likely reaction to the truth at the end of "A Man in the Way"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Pat show his darker side in "A Man in the Way"?

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

6. How does Pat try to impress his son in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "Teamed With Genius," Pat's personality is reflected prominently in the story. Describe Pat's personality. How do Pat's actions reflect his personality in the story? 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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