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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. How do the boys prepare for their Michigan vacation?
2. Does the narrator tell his friends about his training and his intentions to beat Scut Farkas?
3. The Taylors, who lived next door to the narrator and his family for many years before the Bumpus family moved in, were what?
4. Wanting to beat Scut Farkas at his game, what does the narrator do?
5. How does the final spinning top battle between Farkas and the narrator conclude?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize how Mother prepares the traditional Easter ham.
2. Describe some of the interesting sights the four members of the Shepherd family see while they are together at the County Fair.
3. Explain how the narrator prepares for his spinning tops battle against Farkas.
4. How does the narrator describe getting to the County Fair?
5. Which member of the narrator's family seems to be the most excited at the County Fair?
6. Describe the Shepherd family's arrival at Ollie Hopnoodle's resort in Clear Lake.
7. What happens after the narrator uses a dummy top and lets Farkas win the first round?
8. How does the author lead the narrator into telling the story of his top-spinning battle with Scut Farkas?
9. What is top spinning, and why are the boys of Warren G. Harding Elementary School so obsessed with this pastime?
10. Describe the race that the Old Man and the narrator watch at the County Fair.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Using examples from the book, explain how the narrator benefits when he applies, or engages in, the following:
b. Family traditions
c. Challenging the status quo
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
After the narrator opens a box that he receives as an adult and peruses through the childhood treasures found inside, he decides to pack everything back up and hide it on the top shelf of a closet. Explain what this says about the author's viewpoint on stirring up the past.
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