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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. What clock on the wall is "worth ten times more than [George had] ever told anyone," according to the narrator in Chapter 4?
(a) The Karl Suchy Viennese wall clock.
(b) The Joseph Johnson cuckoo clock.
(c) The Thwaites & Reed grandfather clock.
(d) The Simon Willard banjo clock.

2. What food does Megan prepare for Howard before she leaves to care for her mother over Christmas in Chapter 4?
(a) Meatloaf and banana cream pie.
(b) Roasted turkey and apple pie.
(c) Tuna casserole and peach cobbler.
(d) Roasted lamb and new potatoes.

3. What word used in Chapter 3 means concerned with relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of something?
(a) Collapsed.
(b) Peripheral.
(c) Convenient.
(d) Arbitrary.

4. What month is it when Howard describes his mother helping his father dress before his father is taken away in Chapter 3?
(a) January.
(b) March.
(c) September.
(d) April.

5. The narrator says in the opening of Chapter 4, "During the days, George was aware of a large group of people murmuring and flowing in and out of the room as if on tides." What literary device is used in this sentence?
(a) Simile.
(b) Personification.
(c) Onomatopoeia.
(d) Literary allusion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Howard's father's profession?

2. What kind of car does Howard borrow from Jimmy Drizos in Chapter 4?

3. The narrator says of George as he dies in Chapter 4, "His bloodless legs were hard like wood." What literary device is used in this sentence?

4. What historical figure is Howard studying in history when his father goes to the meeting regarding his mental deterioration in Chapter 3?

5. What word used in Chapter 3 refers to a didactic story which illustrates instructive lessons or principles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the theme of competition apply to the characters of Howard and Reverend Crosby?

2. What is the last thing that George remembers before he dies in Chapter 4?

3. Whom does George ask for when he awakens in Chapter 4, Part 1? Who is sitting with George?

4. What is implied in the conversation between George's wife and Charlie in Chapter 4, Part 1?

5. How would you describe the language style of Tinkers? Is the language easy to understand?

6. Who does Howard Crosby marry in Philadelphia? How is this character described?

7. What characters are introduced during Howard's journey to search for his father in Chapter 3, Part 2?

8. Who comes to visit George in the opening of Chapter 4? What does this character do during her visit?

9. What is the significance of the title of Tinkers? Who does this term apply to in the novel?

10. How is Howard's death described in Chapter 4? What is this description juxtaposed against?

(see the answer keys)

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