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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. Which of the following does Vernon need?
2. What kind of people does the narrator say the town is full of?
3. Which of the following workers does the city have more of than police?
4. Which of the following is the name of the girl Vernon loves?
5. Which of his teachers did Vernon have to run an errand for?
Short Essay Questions
1. What advice does Vernon's mother give him before the trial?
2. What reason does Vaine give for Vernon's arrest?
3. Why does Mr. Deutschman have to get his haircut at the meatworks factory?
4. What do the police find out about Vernon's sexuality?
5. Why does Vernon's mother say she is crying?
6. What does Ladesma tell Vernon about trials?
7. Why does Vernon want to get out of Texas?
8. What does Lally's show state about Vernon's life?
9. Why does Vernon hang up on his Mom when he talks to her from prison?
10. Why does Vernon not want to invite Vaine into his home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does Vernon's mother cope with being a single parent? How has Vernon's upbringing affected him?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?
Essay Topic 3
Aside from the main character, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?
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