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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 Kit say of the movie house where Sammy's premier is playing in Chapter Five?

2. Why does Al think of himself as an idealist?

3. How does Al feel about sharing a cubicle with Sammy?

4. What does Sammy promise Julian in Chapter Two?

5. In Chapter Two, how much does the manuscript end up selling for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sammy's behavior at the Brown Derby after the premier of "Girl Steals Boy."

2. Why does Sammy call Al a chump when Al first arrives in Hollywood?

3. In Chapter Ten, Al describes Sheik as an example of Sammy's endless revenge. What does he mean by that statement?

4. Describe Al Manheim's first impression of Sammy Glick.

5. In Chapter One, what does Al tell Sammy about society?

6. Why isn't Sammy interested in Al Manheim as a mentor?

7. What does Billie say when Al confesses his love to her?

8. Describe what happens to The Guild by the end of Chapter Eight and why it happens.

9. In Chapter Two, what does Al mean when he says, "America, America... God shed His Grace on thee?"

10. In Chapter Four, how does Al react when Kit tells him she has met "Sammy Glicks" before? And what does Kit mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, Sammy frequently buys new shoes. What is the significance of Sammy's new shoes? Consider what the shoes represent symbolically and literally.

Essay Topic 2

On several occasions Al Manheim uses the term "dog eat dog world." Discuss the significance of this term in the novel, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Cite three examples of how the "dog eat dog world" affects characters in the story.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of broken promises occurs several times in the novel, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Site three examples of a broken promise in the novel, and how they affect the characters.

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