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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 does the narrator say is one of the most popular playground games at his school?
2. Who successfully rings the bell at the County Fair strong man exhibit?
3. At the fair, who wins the dirt races by half a car length?
4. What is the Old Man's absolute favorite ride at the County Fair?
5. When a new family moves into the house next door to the narrator, what singer's record do they play in the middle of the night?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?
2. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?
3. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?
4. Describe the Shepherd family's arrival at Ollie Hopnoodle's resort in Clear Lake.
5. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?
6. At the end of the Shepherd family's County Fair excursion, what is the Old Man's assessment?
7. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?
8. How does the Old Man handle all the problems the family encounters en route to Michigan?
9. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
10. What happens to the much anticipated Easter ham in Story One?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the narrator's love interests: Josephine, Daphne, and Wanda. Which one is best suited for him, if any? What important life lessons does he learn from his experiences with each?
Essay Topic 2
A day at the County Fair turns into another opportunity for the author to showcase the Shepherds' eccentricities. Describe the fair experience from the viewpoint of each family member -- Mother, Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator. Who seems to enjoy the fair the most, and why? Use examples to support your conclusion.
Essay Topic 3
1. Expand and explain the narrator's point of view that prom is a rite of passage full of strange rituals that he and others are forced to attend as they become adults.
2. Despite his reluctance at attending the prom, does the narrator have a good time at the dance? Explain.
This section contains 930 words
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