This Boy's Life 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 do Dwight and Toby find when they go upstairs to retrieve the chestnuts Toby peeled?

2. What must Toby agree to before he can go to Paris?

3. What is Toby surprised about while at the tailor?

4. What does Norma ask Rosemary?

5. What is Geoffrey's plan for Toby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Toby find a letter from Rosemary's brother, Stephen? What does Toby do about it?

2. Describe Norma's boyfriend Kenneth.

3. At the end of the book, what does Toby say about children? Give an example of this from the book.

4. Why does Toby try to spend more time with Pearl? What does this show about how their relationship has changed?

5. Describe the older boys Toby hangs out with.

6. Why does Arthur tell lies? What lies does he tell? Why doesn't Toby say anything when he knows the things Arthur says aren't true?

7. What does Dwight do with Toby's gun in Chapter 4 and why?

8. What is different now between Toby and Geoffrey?

9. What do Toby's friends want to do for him? How successful are they?

10. Why does Toby take Dwight's guns?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Toby and Chuck return to the Welsh farm to apologize for their actions, Mr. Welsh is watching his children build a fence. Toby notes that the fence seems to serve no purpose. What does the fence symbolize? How does it illuminate the condition of the Welsh family and their farm? How does this reflect the state of Chinook as a whole?

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

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.

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