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 "No Harm Trying," what does Pat try to pitch to the studio executive?

2. When does someone notice that Pat was caught in a scene in "Pat Hobby Does His Bit"?

3. Whom does Pat wait for in jail in "Two Old-Timers"?

4. What has left Pat's wife depressed in "No Harm Trying"?

5. In "No Harm Trying," who has a brilliant idea for a movie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Pat Hobby Does His Bit," how does Pat get himself into trouble?

3. In "Two Old-Timers," how does seeing Phil make Pat feel better about himself?

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

5. In "Fun in an Artist's Studio," how does the artist try to get the look of desperation in Pat's face?

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

7. In "No Harm Trying," why does Pat's idea fail?

8. In "A Patriotic Short," what does a swimming pool represent?

9. Why does Wainwright give Pat the tickets?

10. In "Pat Hobby's Preview," what does the co-writer's demand that Pat's name be taken off the credits indicate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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