The Schwa Was Here Test | Mid-Book 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. How many dogs does Old Man Crawley have?

2. What is the Schwa dared to bring back from Old Man Crawley's home in Chapter 4?

3. Of what heritage is Antsy's family?

4. The third experiment that Antsy and his friends carry out with the Schwa in Chapter 3 is to ______________.

5. The Schwa is referred to as being __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Schwa react to the Night Butcher's story in Chapter 19?

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

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

4. What does Antsy do that escalates the fight between his parents in Chapter 10?

5. What does Old Man Crawley offer Antsy to stay with him in the hospital?

6. In what ways does the Schwa appear to fade from Antsy's life in Chapter 15?

7. Where does Antsy take Lexie in Chapter 9?

8. What is the significance of "Radiation Therapy" in the title of Chapter 19?

9. What happens in the first experiment with Manny Bullpucky in Chapter 1, "Manny Bullpucky Gets His Sorry Butt Hurled off the Marine Park Bridge"?

10. What is the introduction between Lexie and the Schwa like in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Define and discuss "trauma therapy" in the novel. What does Antsy relate trauma therapy to in the medical world? What experiments do Antsy and his friends conduct to test trauma therapy? What results do they find?

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

Describe and discuss the attempts by Antsy and Lexie to uncover the Schwa's past and the disappearance of his mother. Who is the dowser Antsy asks for help and what does he find? What leads to Antsy being banned from the supermarket? How does he find a way to return?

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