The White Boy Shuffle Test | Final 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. What does Gunnar say he was advocating in his speech?

2. What does Gunnar do when he leaves his creative writing class and walks home?

3. What is the commotion Gunnar notices when he leaves a man's house after watching television there?

4. Where does Gunnar's wedding take place?

5. Why does Yosiko throw the class out of the apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of social life does Gunnar, Yoshiko and Nick have in Boston?

2. What does Gunnar do when he can find no extracurricular activities to join and want does Gunnar write Yoshiko while on the road?

3. Where does Gunnar find refuge in his new school, how does he get his assignments and why has he been brought to that school?

4. What does Gunnar decide is the best approach to speaking and what does he talk about?

5. What does Gunnar's coach tell him about Nick and what does the coach have for him? What does Gunnar do?

6. To what is Gunnar invited to speak and how does Gunnar feel about the introductory speaker?

7. What does Coach Shimimoto do and say when he keeps the team longer at practice in Chapter Seven?

8. What does the recruiter from Boston University do to woo Gunnar?

9. What does Nick complain about Boston and what does he do about it?

10. When does Gunnar's wedding take place and who performs the ceremony?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The White Boy Shuffle is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The White Boy Shuffle. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of individual freedom in The White Boy Shuffle. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess individual freedom? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition in The White Boy Shuffle. What is Gunnar's view of tradition? Gunnar's mother? Nick's? Gunnar's father. Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to holding fast to tradition?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The White Boy Shuffle based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The White Boy Shuffle is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The White Boy Shuffle a successful novel? What about young teens? What about white people? Black people?

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