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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator find, after almost not seeing it, tucked between two looming buildings?
(a) Dark alley.
(b) Coffee shop and bakery.
(c) Little specialty shop.
(d) Small park.

2. What do Mother and the boys do while the Old Man changes a flat tire on their way to Michigan?
(a) Stop at a convenience store.
(b) Picnic by the side of the road.
(c) Become lost in nearby woods.
(d) Help the Old Man.

3. What person does the forty-seven pound pumpkin at the County Fair resemble?
(a) Theodore Roosevelt.
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Elvis Presley.

4. How does the final spinning top battle between Farkas and the narrator conclude?
(a) Farkas wins and throws the narrator's top over the school fence into the street.
(b) The narrator wins and throws Farkas' top down the sewer.
(c) The narrator's kid brother comes from nowhere and steals both tops.
(d) Both tops leave the circle together and disappear down the sewer.

5. What marks the start of the Shepherd-Bumpus feud?
(a) The Old Man calls the Bumpus family country hicks.
(b) The ham is taken by the hounds.
(c) Mr. Bumpus rams his truck into the Old Man's porch.
(d) Blaring country music is played every night.

6. Where do most kids get their tops from?
(a) Mail order.
(b) Pulaski's shop.
(c) Hopnoodle's store.
(d) Sears.

7. When the family finally arrives at their summer trip destination, what obstacles do they immediately encounter?
(a) Rain and a power outage.
(b) The Old Man left his wallet at the gas station, and Mother forgot the bug spray.
(c) The resort and several others nearby are completely full.
(d) A bear encounter and a cabin with no door.

8. A week before taking his family to Michigan for their vacation, the Old Man makes a phone call to request what?
(a) Deluxe room.
(b) Green cabin.
(c) King-size tent.
(d) Larger houseboat.

9. After being greeted by a woman wearing a black shawl, what does the narrator ask for?
(a) Directions.
(b) A top.
(c) Cup of coffee.
(d) His lost baseball.

10. What type of student is Delbert Bumpus?
(a) A disruptive one who misses a lot of school.
(b) One whom others envy.
(c) One who excels in music.
(d) A promising one who needs bigger challenges.

11. What is the Old Man's absolute favorite ride at the County Fair?
(a) Whirligig Rocket Whip.
(b) Enormo Gordo Run.
(c) Torpedo Blaster.
(d) Lightning Strike.

12. When Farkas starts walking away from the narrator after their first top spinning contest, what does the narrator do?
(a) Spends another two weeks practicing to improve his technique.
(b) Runs after Farkas and tackles him to the ground.
(c) Brings out his best top and throws it with an ominous spin.
(d) Laughs at his opponent, calling him a chicken.

13. Once the Shepherds get to the County Fair, Randy accompanies his mother to see what?
(a) The clown acts.
(b) Some of the home crafts.
(c) The dogs and cats show.
(d) A magic show.

14. What does the Old Man find touching when he's looking at the County Fair quilts with his family?
(a) A quilt commemorating ice hockey.
(b) A quilt commemorating beer making.
(c) Seeing a 92-year-old lady making quilt squares.
(d) Seeing Luke Appling on a quilt.

15. At the end of Story Four, what does the reader learn about the narrator's fishing gear?
(a) The narrator left his gear behind on purpose.
(b) The Bumpus family stole it.
(c) It mysteriously turns up next to the sleeping bags.
(d) The Old Man had packed it all along.

Short Answer Questions

1. The winner of the spinning top battle between Farkas and the narrator could very well do what?

2. What does the narrator say to get Scut Farkas to challenge him at top spinning?

3. According to the book, important industries of Northern Indiana are steel mills and what else?

4. How do the boys prepare for their Michigan vacation?

5. What does the Old Man do two weeks prior to the family's departure for their annual Michigan vacation?

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