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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. On what part of Asa's body does Dave aim the baseball pitch?
2. What color of eyes does the girl in #140 have?
3. Counting the new house in this story, how many houses has Asa lived in during his life?
4. What is Jean's demeanor when Asa calls him?
5. Asa wishes Dave would respect his __________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the encounter between Dave and Asa in the backyard on the night before Asa leaves?
2. How does Asa finally get the nice bedroom and why does Dave often walk in without knocking?
3. What are the conditions in which Asa does not force his mother to take her medication?
4. How does Dave injure Asa during baseball practice and what does Asa do to retaliate?
5. How well is the game going for Asa and his Little League team and what good plays does Asa make?
6. How does Asa's mother try to kill herself in one night?
7. Why does Asa have to pack his things on the day he tells Jean he loves her?
8. Who gives Asa the candy hearts and how is the loving mood broken by the teacher's announcement?
9. Where do Dave and Asa take Asa's mother after she tried to commit suicide and what event will Asa miss as a result?
10. What is Jean's surprising reaction to Asa's phone call, and why does Asa not get down about it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Create a brief character study of Asa's mother. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?
Essay Topic 2
Describe Joel. What is his role in the story, "Not Blue"? What was the author trying to accomplish by developing Joel's character in the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
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