The Pat Hobby Stories Test | Final 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 "Mightier Than the Sword," the producer's idea for a script is about __________.

2. In "Pat Hobby's Preview," why does Pat's co-writer leave the preview?

3. What causes Pat to recall his past in "A Patriotic Short"?

4. What does the director do as Pat starts to leave in "Pat Hobby Does His Bit"?

5. What does the message to Pat say in "No Harm Trying"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what faults Pat finds in the actress, call boy, and director in "No Harm Trying."

2. In "No Harm Trying," whom does Pat bring together and for what purpose?

3. In "Mightier Than the Sword," how does Pat get a job?

4. In "Mightier Than the Sword," why does Pat's script go unused?

5. Why does Pat end up begging for tickets to the preview in "Pat Hobby's Preview," and why is this significant?

6. Why does Wainwright give Pat the tickets?

7. In "Pat Hobby Does His Bit," what is ironic in regards to Pat's reaction to his being forgotten in the ditch?

8. In "Pat Hobby's Preview," what has caused Pat to lose respect since movies have changed?

9. Why does Pat steal a hat in "On the Trail of Pat Hobby"?

10. In "A Patriotic Short," what was Pat's life like in the past as a popular writer?

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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