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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. The Old Man is loyal to the Oldsmobile, but he deviates from his dedication to drive what automobile brand?
2. What person does the forty-seven pound pumpkin at the County Fair resemble?
3. When the family finally arrives at their summer trip destination, what obstacles do they immediately encounter?
4. On the family road trip, where do the narrator and his brother fit in a car that is so full of supplies?
5. What type of student is Delbert Bumpus?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?
2. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.
3. During their road trip, the narrator is convinced that he left his fishing gear back home. What does he discover about his gear at the end of the story?
4. Describe the race that the Old Man and the narrator watch at the County Fair.
5. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?
6. How does the Old Man feel towards the Bumpus family?
7. What are the Mariah and the Wolf?
8. Describe the conditions inside the car during the drive to Clear Lake, Michigan.
9. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?
10. How does the Old Man handle all the problems the family encounters en route to Michigan?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The book's time line covers the narrator's childhood and teen years. How does the narrator change, develop, and grow from the beginning to the end of the book? In what ways do the stories evolve? In what instances does the author seem to act about the same as a teenager as he did as a child?
Essay Topic 2
1. Describe the personality and any salient character traits of each of the following: Randy, the narrator, Mother, and the Old Man.
2. How do the personalities and character traits of these individuals complement each other in ways that make their family function together?
Essay Topic 3
The Old Man is a study in contrasts. One minute he's cursing and complaining, the next he's laughing and joking about a challenge he just went through. Using examples from the book, create a description of the Old Man that shows him as a man of contrasts and mixed messages. How do his sons handle a father as unpredictable as theirs?
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