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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 does the Old Man believe regarding one's prom date?
2. Who does the narrator find in his biology class?
3. When Mr. Bigelow chats with the narrator as he waits for Daphne at her house, the man mistakes the young man for who?
4. The narrator and his date accompany another couple to the prom on a double-date. Who is the other couple?
5. In Story Five, when the narrator, Schwartz, and Flick hitchhike home from school, who picks them up?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't the narrator ask Daphne Bigelow to the prom?
2. How does the narrator prepare for his date with Josephine?
3. Why does the narrator grow more and more uncomfortable at the party with Josephine?
4. Describe the narrator's experience as he waits for Josephine to finish getting ready for their date.
5. How does the narrator feel after looking through his box of childhood treasures?
6. Why do the narrator and his friends parade back and forth in front of the Cosnowskis' house?
7. How does the narrator ask Wanda Hickey to the prom?
8. What does the narrator compare the prom to?
9. Describe how the narrator prepares for his date with Daphne.
10. Describe some of the pre-prom rituals.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although events rarely go according to plan and expectations, somehow the narrator gets through them and even manages to be content with the outcome. Explain what factors help the narrator maintain a positive attitude even when his hopes and dreams fail to materialize.
Essay Topic 2
1. Explain how the author chooses to lead up to the Shepherd family's experiences at the County Fair.
2. Is this method of starting with a present event and then looking back across time an effective one? Why or why not?
3. Is this technique used in other stories in the book? If so, cite at least one more example and analyze its effectiveness.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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