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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. As the family drives to the lake, what happens when a chicken truck passes them?
2. The Old Man is a lifelong fan of which baseball team?
3. What does the Old Man admire about his favorite ride at the County Fair?
4. What happens when Grover Dill insults Delbert Bumpus' name?
5. Does the narrator tell his friends about his training and his intentions to beat Scut Farkas?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to the adult narrator's fire chief hat?
2. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.
3. How does the Old Man feel towards the Bumpus family?
4. Describe the narrator's experience as he waits for Josephine to finish getting ready for their date.
5. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?
6. With the Bumpuses long gone, who finally moves in next door to the Shepherds?
7. After the prom, Schwartz and the narrator take their dates to the Rooster. What happens there?
8. How does Delbert Bumpus disrupt life at school?
9. At the end of the Shepherd family's County Fair excursion, what is the Old Man's assessment?
10. How does the narrator's family react when he says that he's asked Daphne Bigelow out on a date?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
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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