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. Why has the director in "No Harm Trying" not worked in months?

2. In "Two Old-Timers," what kind of movie does the arresting cop mention?

3. In "A Patriotic Short," whose house is next to Pat's house?

4. In "Fun in an Artist's Studio," who orders Pat to undress?

5. Why does the doorman refuse to let Pat into the preview in "Pat Hobby's Preview"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the staff forget about Pat, even though he passes out in "Pat Hobby Does His Bit"?

7. What happens when Pat steals the hat in "On the Trail of Pat Hobby"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A common theme in The Pat Hobby Stories is irony, and that is no different in "Pat Hobby Does His Bit." How is Pat's reaction in the story ironic? How does Pat's reaction reflect his personality? Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The story "No Harm Trying" is a good example of how things are not always as they seem. How are things much different than they appear in the story? Name three specific examples of how things are not as they originally appear in the story. Remember to answer each question with support from the story.

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