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Multiple Choice Questions
1. What part of a clock is described in Chapter 4 as "where the energy generated by the mainspring finally escapes the clock"?
(a) The going train.
(b) The escapement.
(c) The pinion.
(d) The gathering mallet.
2. Edward Billings is the manager of what bank frequented by George?
(a) The Rochester County Bank.
(b) The Salem Five Bank.
(c) The Bank of America.
(d) The Rollins-Dunn Bank.
3. The narrator says in Chapter 3, "My blood is a Roman plow." What literary device is used in this excerpt?
4. The term "moors" from the novel was used in Europe to describe what group of people?
(c) Native American people.
(d) Asian people.
5. What does Howard witness a fish do as he sits in the pond watching the Indian in Chapter 3?
(a) A fish leaps onto land and walks away.
(b) A fish leaps from the water and flies away.
(c) A fish transforms into an ostrich.
(d) A fish jumps down the Indian's throat.
Short Answer Questions
1. What month is it when Howard dies in Chapter 4?
2. What is the first step in the excerpt called "How to Make a Bird's Nest" in Chapter 4?
3. Approximately how old is George as he lay dying in the novel?
4. 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?
5. How many men are waiting outside when Howard's father is taken away in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the theme of competition apply to the characters and relationship of George and Howard Crosby in Tinkers?
2. Whom does George ask for when he awakens in Chapter 4, Part 1? Who is sitting with George?
3. What characters are introduced during Howard's journey to search for his father in Chapter 3, Part 2?
4. What is epilepsy? How was this disorder treated in the 1920s/1930s?
5. How would you describe the language style of Tinkers? Is the language easy to understand?
6. How would you describe George's relationship with his family as he passes from life in Tinkers?
7. How has Howard managed to track down George's address in Chapter 4? What does he do when he locates George?
8. What is the principle motif used throughout Tinkers? What does this motif represent?
9. How did Howard's loss of his own father later influence his actions with his wife and children?
10. What alias does Howard Crosby take on after he leaves his family? Where does he go?
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