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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does the Mesinger family do in the early evening of Christmas Eve, 1993?
(a) They go snow sledding
(b) They play "sub-for-Santa" with the Kline family
(c) They sit down to a huge dinner of goose
(d) They walk the neighborhood looking at Christmas decorations
2. How many close friends does Richard Allen Mesington have during the first few years of his life?
3. In the novel, how many people actually fire the "sweet" rifle?
(a) Dozens and dozens
4. When he is an infant, Richard Allen Mesington imitated which animal?
5. From what ailment did Richard Allen Mesington suffer as an infant?
(a) Ear infection and fever
(c) Reynaud's Syndrome
6. What happened to Harv Kline after Richard Allen Mesinger's death?
(a) He became an alcoholic
(b) He fled the country and lived in Bermuda
(c) The British soldiers hung him also
(d) He went to jail for murder
7. What were the small boys called who hauled powder from the magazine to the cannon during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Sons of Guns
(b) Ship's Boys
(c) Powder Monkeys
8. What were prohibited in the powder magazine of Revolutionary War ships?
9. According to the novel, how old was Richard Allen Mesinger "supposed" to be when he died?
(a) Old enough to know not to play with guns
10. When Richard Allen Mesington is seven years old his family moves to what state?
11. What clears the "mummified grease" (p. 92) from the touchhole of the "sweet" rifle?
(a) John Byam pricks it with a needle
(b) Tim Harrow removes it while cleaning the rifle
(c) Harv Kline's cigarette melts it
(d) A candle flame melts it
12. According to the novel, what was the leading cause of death to voyagers along the Oregon Trail?
(b) Indian attack
(c) Firearms accidents
(d) Starvation and exposure
13. When Richard Allen Mesington is fourteen years old he considers pursuing all of the following careers except?
(a) Major-league pitcher
14. When Richard Allen Mesington is fourteen years old, who is his girlfriend?
15. When Richard Allen Mesington is four years old, he has an exciting experience doing what?
(a) Shooting a rifle
(b) Hunting with his father
(c) Riding in a mobile home
(d) Riding on a backhoe while it works
Short Answer Questions
1. What breed of dog is Sissy?
2. Which of the following does not describe the loading process used by John Byam to load the "sweet" rifle?
3. How old is Richard Allen Mesington when he stops believing in Santa Claus?
4. How long does Richard Allen Mesington own the "sweet" rifle?
5. What profession does Richard Allen Mesington first believe he will pursue?
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