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. How does Pat get the visitors onto the set of a film in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

2. What does Pat try to get into in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

3. What does the couple in "The Homes of the Stars" first ask Pat?

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

5. Where does Pat find the writer in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. How does Woll die in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme that plays out throughout The Pat Hobby Stories is unluckiness, and it is a prominent theme in "A Man in the Way." How is the theme of unluckiness reflected in the story? How is Pat affected by the theme of unluckiness? Cite two specific examples of how Pat is affected by the theme of unluckiness. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Pat Hobby, Putative Father," Pat has never really known his son, who comes to visit the studio. Describe Pat and his son's relationship. How do Pat and his son view each other? How do their views affect the way they interact? 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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