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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. On the family road trip, where do the narrator and his brother fit in a car that is so full of supplies?
2. Who successfully rings the bell at the County Fair strong man exhibit?
3. What does the Old Man say every year when he and his family leave the County Fair?
4. What name does the narrator give his "weapon"?
5. The narrator lives in Northern Indiana with whom?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Describe the Shepherd family's arrival at Ollie Hopnoodle's resort in Clear Lake.
3. How does the Old Man feel towards the Bumpus family?
4. Describe the Shepherd family's annual summer vacation.
5. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?
6. What happens to the much anticipated Easter ham in Story One?
7. How does Delbert Bumpus disrupt life at school?
8. Who does most of the work when it's time to prepare for the narrator's annual vacation?
9. On departure day, why does the Shepherd family fail to leave for their annual trip at six in the morning as planned?
10. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As a young person, the narrator spends a great deal of time living in his world of daydreams and imagination. How does the reality of his life compare to the world of his imagination? How do his daydreams serve him when reality is full of disappointments?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the narrator's expectations of his date with Josie and the reality of how the date turns out. What lessons does he learn through this experience? How does he behave after this date? What mistakes will he probably not make again?
Essay Topic 3
The author creates colorful, larger than life characters who somehow appear very real. Explain how the author maintains a balance between fabricating fictitious, exaggerated characters and assigning attributes that make them seem like real people.
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