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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. Why do Al and Kit slip out the back door when they are leaving the premier in Chapter Five?

2. In Chapter Two, Al asks Sammy if he is scared when he makes the phone call to sell the manuscript. How does Sammy respond?

3. Before he left for Hollywood, what kind of promises did Sammy make to Julian?

4. When Al and Kit see Julian at the premier in Chapter Five how does he act?

5. Why is Sammy comfortable in Hollywood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Al compare Sammy to a time bomb ticking in his brain in Chapter Six?

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

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

5. Why does Al believe Sammy is hiring him for the film writing job in Chapter Ten?

6. In Chapter Four, when Sammy, Al, and their dates arrive at The Back Lot, what happens?

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

8. How does Kit resolve Julian's employment problem in Chapter Six?

9. By Chapter Three why does Al want to go to Hollywood?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Work ethic is a significant topic in "What Makes Sammy Run?" Contrast Al Manheim and Sammy Glick's work ethic. Cite three examples in which Al and Sammy demonstrate their approach to work.

Essay Topic 2

Hollywood could be considered a character in the story, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Discuss the role Hollywood plays: what does it stand for? Consider the film industry, the way bosses are represented, and The Writers Guild.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the theater in the novel, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Consider the way Sammy has plagiarized on more than one occasion and the way he has stolen others' ideas. Explore the theme of theater and "real life" in the novel-- how do the two come together and how do the two remain separate entities?

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