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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. Who refuses Pat's admittance into a place in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

2. What kind of brochures does the man in "The Homes of the Stars" sell?

3. What will happen to Pat's gift if the condition is not met in "Pat Hobby, Putative Father"?

4. In "Pat Hobby's Secret," who threatens Pat at the inquest?

5. Where does Pat meet an executive in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. What hints are given in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish" that indicate Pat's alcohol problem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Pat tries to do something good in "Boil Some Water--Lots of It," he ends up being the bad guy. What were Pat's intentions in the story? What results from Pat's actions, and what does this reveal about his character? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

In "Pat Hobby's Preview," Pat meets an attractive young woman, and he asks her out. How is the theme of romance reflected in the story? How is Pat's romance tested in the story? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

"Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish" carries a theme of kinship between two people who feel similarly unsympathetic feelings toward Gooddorf for different reasons. How do Pat and Helen bond? What are their feelings about Gooddorf, and how does this create a connection between the two of them? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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