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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. At the start of Story Four, what reminds the narrator of his annual family vacations to Clear Lake, Michigan?
2. How does the final spinning top battle between Farkas and the narrator conclude?
3. The Old Man is loyal to the Oldsmobile, but he deviates from his dedication to drive what automobile brand?
4. Once the Shepherds get to the County Fair, Randy accompanies his mother to see what?
5. When Farkas starts walking away from the narrator after their first top spinning contest, what does the narrator do?
Short Essay Questions
1. On departure day, why does the Shepherd family fail to leave for their annual trip at six in the morning as planned?
2. Where does the narrator find a top worthy of a battle against Scut Farkas, the school's bully and master top spinner?
3. What happens when Randy, the Old Man, and the narrator ride the Whirligig Rocket Whip?
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. 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?
7. Describe some of what makes the Shepherd family a traditional one.
8. Describe the yard of the Bumpus family.
9. What is the final outcome of the battle of the spinning tops between Scut Farkas and the narrator?
10. How does the Old Man feel towards the Bumpus family?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
1. Expand and explain the narrator's point of view that prom is a rite of passage full of strange rituals that he and others are forced to attend as they become adults.
2. Despite his reluctance at attending the prom, does the narrator have a good time at the dance? Explain.
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
On their annual trip to Michigan, the narrator and his family encounter one obstacle after another. Despite their ups and downs, the family members are able to stay excited about their vacation. As an adult, the narrator says these vacations were very memorable. Explain why adversity in life creates memories, using examples from the book and from your own experience.
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