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

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

3. According to Pat, who has overheard the ending to the script in "Pat Hobby's Secret"?

4. Whom does Pat owe money to in "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles"?

5. What does Pat do at the end of "The Homes of the Stars"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the character of Pat in "Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish."

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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