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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. What happens to the adult narrator's childhood fire chief hat?
2. In the community, who is Maxwell Bigelow, Daphne's father?
3. As the narrator prepares for his first date with Daphne, he goes through half a bar of Lifebuoy soap, Old Spice talcum powder, and what else?
4. What happens to the goodnight kiss between Wanda and the narrator?
5. How does the narrator get to the Bigelow family's neighborhood?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the narrator grow more and more uncomfortable at the party with Josephine?
2. After the prom, Schwartz and the narrator take their dates to the Rooster. What happens there?
3. With the Bumpuses long gone, who finally moves in next door to the Shepherds?
4. Describe the narrator's experience as he waits for Josephine to finish getting ready for their date.
5. How does the narrator's prom night end?
6. How does the narrator get his fire chief hat back?
7. Describe Daphne Bigelow, the girl of the narrator's dreams.
8. What impression does the narrator make on Mr. Bigelow, Daphne's dad?
9. Why doesn't the narrator ask Daphne Bigelow to the prom?
10. What is the Wimpy Doll?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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