This Boy's Life 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 does Dwight react to Toby's involvement in the fight?

2. Why does Toby steal things?

3. What does Dwight make Toby do to keep him busy?

4. Why doesn't Rosemary allow Marian to set Toby straight?

5. What color do Toby and Dwight paint the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Toby shoots a squirrel?

3. What happens at the Thanksgiving turkey shoot?

4. What happens when Toby wants to take Roy's gun when he and his mother prepare to leave Roy's house?

5. Describe Toby's basketball game against Van Horn.

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

7. Why do Toby, Silver, and Taylor watch the Mickey Mouse Club?

8. What does Skipper say when Toby asks to come with him to Mexico? Does his answer change later?

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

10. What do Toby and Pearl do in the car while they wait for Rosemary and Dwight outside the Marblemount tavern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dwight is a cruel, inhuman man who makes life miserable for everyone around him.

Part 1) Using specific examples, provide evidence of Dwight's mental instability.

Part 2) Explain the impact that Dwight's actions and behavior have on his children and Rosemary.

Part 3) Dwight has an especially negative impact on Toby's life. Provide evidence of his poor treatment of Toby, and explore the ways in which this treatment shapes Toby's life.

Essay Topic 2

Toby returns to his house one night while Pearl and Dwight are away. What does he find there? How does this reflect who Toby is? What does Toby do before he leaves the house? Why does he do this, and what do his actions signify?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Toby's friends have more of an impact on him than the parental figures in his life. Discuss Toby's relationships with his friends. Explore the ways in which Toby is influenced by his social groups (i.e., how his relationship with older boys in Chinook shapes his behavior) and how those relationships make up for the lack of parental guidance in Toby's life.

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