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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. Why doesn't Toby like Dwight?

2. Why doesn't Toby's mother want him to take the rifle to Seattle with them?

3. What does Gil call Toby?

4. Toby braces himself "for the next curve" at the end of Chapter 3. Which of the following does this NOT refer to?

5. What is the name of Toby's biological brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens on the drive from Toby's house to Chinook?

2. What sins does Toby confess before his baptism? Why does he confess these sins?

3. Why do Norma and Bobby Crow take Toby to his basketball games? How does Toby feel about it?

4. How does Toby react when Roy asks him if he would like a little brother?

5. Describe how Toby and Roy act towards Toby's mother.

6. What happens when Toby shoots a squirrel?

7. Describe Toby and Gil's conversation about bikes.

8. Describe the boys Toby is friends with in Seattle.

9. Describe Rosemary's father.

10. How does Dwight react to the news of Toby's fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When he applies to prep schools, Toby fakes transcripts and letters of recommendation. His lies do not help him, and every school rejects him. How does this reflect Toby's life? What does this suggest about the success of his actions in other parts of his life? Cite a specific example of a time when telling the truth would have served Toby better than lying, and explain your choice.

Essay Topic 2

Initially, Geoffrey and Toby do not have much of a relationship. How do we know this? What happens that makes Toby more open to communicating with his brother? By the end of the book, in what ways has Geoffrey and Toby's relationship changed?

Essay Topic 3

How does Toby feel about girls at the beginning of the book? Give three specific examples of how this changes. How does this attitude differ from the attitudes of Toby's friends?

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