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1. Describe the narrative voice of the novel. From whose perspective is the story told? How is this character described?

The story is narrated by a young teenage boy called Anthony Bonano, who goes by the nickname Antsy. He comes from an Italian family, who live in a mainly Italian and Jewish area of Brooklyn. He is easy going and good natured, and seems to make friends easily.

2. What is Manny Bullpucky? Why are the boys testing it in Chapter 1, "Manny Bullpucky Gets His Sorry Butt Hurled off the Marine Park Bridge"?

Antsy, is a young teenager whose father works for Pisher Plastics. Antsy's father has instructed Antsy and his friends to test a new 'unbreakable' dummy. They name the dummy 'Manny Bullpucky' and decide to drop him off the Marine Park Bridge to see if he breaks.

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