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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. Once the family arrives at the County Fair, the narrator accompanies his father where?
2. How does the final spinning top battle between Farkas and the narrator conclude?
3. What is the Mariah?
4. When the narrator starts spinning tops against opponents other than Scut, what does he use?
5. What type of student is Delbert Bumpus?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
2. At the end of the Shepherd family's County Fair excursion, what is the Old Man's assessment?
3. How does the narrator trick Farkas into challenging him to a battle of spinning tops?
4. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.
5. What are the Mariah and the Wolf?
6. How does the author lead the narrator into telling the story of his top-spinning battle with Scut Farkas?
7. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.
8. What are some of the misadventures the family experiences on their drive to Michigan?
9. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?
10. What is top spinning, and why are the boys of Warren G. Harding Elementary School so obsessed with this pastime?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although events rarely go according to plan and expectations, somehow the narrator gets through them and even manages to be content with the outcome. Explain what factors help the narrator maintain a positive attitude even when his hopes and dreams fail to materialize.
Essay Topic 2
How does the narrator feel after the battles against Scut Farkas, the school bully, in top-spinning matches? Who wins? Does it even matter who wins, or does the narrator grow in confidence and self-assurance as a result of his desire to best the bully? Explain your reasoning.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the Shepherd and the Bumpus families.
1. In what ways do the Bumpuses annoy the Old Man and his family?
2. Despite the stark differences between the Shepherds and the Bumpuses, what makes each family bizarre and eccentric in its own way?
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