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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. Who suggests experimenting with the Schwa in order to quantify the Schwa effect in Chapter 3?

2. Who likes to be in charge of the kitchen in Chapter 10?

3. Antsy and his friends determine that how many students notice the Schwa in a classroom?

4. Lexie can tell when the Schwa is present more than others in the novel for what reason?

5. Who is very unfriendly to the Schwa in his first appearance and tells his friends that the Schwa is almost invisible and that people forget about him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the Schwa's last name in Chapter 2?

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"?

3. Where in school does Antsy encounter the Schwa in Chapter 3?

4. What leads up to the Schwa's outburst in Chapter 7?

5. What do the boys say of Calvin Schwa when he is first introduced in Chapter 1, "Manny Bullpucky Gets His Sorry Butt Hurled off the Marine Park Bridge"?

6. What is revealed about the Schwa's mother in Chapter 2?

7. What takes place as the Schwa begins to act out his dare in Chapter 5?

8. What does Wendell Tiggor dare the Schwa to do in Chapter 4?

9. How does Old Man Crawley end up apprehending Antsy and the Schwa?

10. What are the first two experiments conducted on the Schwa effect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the characters of Antsy's parents. What is at the root of their constant bickering? What causes their climactic argument in Chapter 10? How does Antsy feel about each of his parents?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Calvin Schwa in the novel. How is the Schwa's character related to the phonetic symbol? What was the Schwa's family name upon arriving in America? What stories and rumors have been circulated in the novel regarding the Schwa's history? Are these rumors true or false?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the characters Howie and Ira in the narrative. How long have Howie and Ira been friends with Antsy? What is the response of each to the arrival of the Schwa in their group? How does the relationship between these characters evolve from the beginning of the novel to the end?

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