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. What does Pat do on the stand in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

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

3. Whom did Banizon originally hire to write a script in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

4. What does the young woman do at the end of "A Man in the Way"?

5. Who died in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does "A Man in the Way" show about Pat?

3. How is Pat's lie revealed in "A Man in the Way"?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Pat mess up the opportunity he is given in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irony is a theme that runs throughout "Pat Hobby's Secret" in the form of some of the characters' actions and the situations in which they find themselves. How is the theme of irony reflected in this story? Cite at least two specific examples of how irony is reflected in the story. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish," Pat finds out a secret and attempts blackmail in order to get a better job. Describe the situation in which Pat tries to blackmail someone. How is the theme of desperation reflected in this story? Cite a few examples of how the theme of desperation is reflected in the story. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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