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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. In what major way did Maxwell Bigelow help the community?
2. When the narrator goes to Pulaski's grocery store on an errand for Mother, he talks to Howie, who used to do what?
3. Where do we find the narrator at the beginning of Story 7?
4. Who does the narrator find in his biology class?
5. On the big day of the prom, who helps the narrator get into his painful formal wear?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator feel after looking through his box of childhood treasures?
2. What does the narrator compare the prom to?
3. What is the Wimpy Doll?
4. Describe the narrator's first major encounter with Josephine.
5. Describe Daphne's and the narrator's date.
6. After the prom, Schwartz and the narrator take their dates to the Rooster. What happens there?
7. What conflict exists for the narrator regarding the night of the party that he's invited to by Josephine?
8. What are some of the items the narrator finds in the box of toys his mother sends him when he's an adult?
9. Why do the narrator and his friends parade back and forth in front of the Cosnowskis' house?
10. Describe Daphne Bigelow, the girl of the narrator's dreams.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
As a young person, the narrator spends a great deal of time living in his world of daydreams and imagination. How does the reality of his life compare to the world of his imagination? How do his daydreams serve him when reality is full of disappointments?
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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