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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. From where do the boys watch the paramedics arrive at the Lisbon house?
(a) The Lisbons' porch.
(b) The Lisbons' yard.
(c) Mr. Larson's Oldsmobile.
(d) The roof of the neighbors' house.

2. Why are no bodies being buried during Chapter 2?
(a) Everyone was being cremated.
(b) The ground was frozen.
(c) No one had died.
(d) Cemetery workers were on strike.

3. How many times is Dominic Palazzano mentioned in Cecilia's diary?
(a) Once.
(b) Never.
(c) Twice.
(d) Three times.

4. What major event has never happened in the town during the boys' lifetimes?
(a) A parade.
(b) A funeral.
(c) A flood.
(d) A wedding.

5. Why are the neighborhood children kept from the funeral?
(a) The Lisbons request that only adults attend.
(b) The children are supposed to be in school.
(c) There isn't enough room in the church.
(d) To protect their minds from being contaminated by the tragedy.

Short Answer Questions

1. There is one boy that the rest of the group of boys are afraid of. Who is he?

2. On what kind of "tour" is Mr. Lisbon taken on in Chapter 2?

3. What is Cecilia doing as she goes up and down the stairs before the party?

4. What kind of music does Cecilia like to listen to?

5. Which sister interrupts one of the boys in his search through their bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Dominic Palazzano and what was his part in Cecilia's story?

2. What happens in the Baldinos' backyard to arouse neighborhood suspicions?

3. How did Cecilia Lisbon die?

4. Describe Cecilia Lisbon's first attempt at suicide.

5. What were Mr. Lisbon's problems with the cemeteries he visited?

6. What do the adult boys discover about Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon after speaking to Mr. Lisbon?

7. What does Cecilia look like in her coffin?

8. Describe Cecilia's ascent from the party to her bedroom.

9. Why were the boys happy that Joe came to the party?

10. What does the cemetery where Cecilia's service is held look like?

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