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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 Brent have with him that could make his journey easier?
2. In Chapter 6, what is the fifth grade teacher's name?
3. At what kind of restaurant does Grandma tell Jenny to stop?
4. Why does Tony scratch under his shirt at the end of Chapter 6?
5. What song does Brent teach himself to play?
Short Essay Questions
1. Up until this point in his life, Brent has never had any interests other than looking cool. What new interests are now filling Brent's spare time? What role models have helped him establish these other interests?
2. What effect do her parents' actions concerning their Jewish heritage have on Jenny?
3. Why does Brent enjoy returning to the Sand Dollar Cafe?
4. Where does the drive take Jenny and Grandma?
5. What has Tony failed to do that lands him in trouble with Mr. Mintz?
6. What does Grandma know at the beginning of the journey that Jenny does not know? What makes the ride even more poignant with Jenny?
7. Emil makes a comment to Brent that his father had told him that teachers live forever through their students. When Brent hears this, what person in his past comes to mind? What do her words mean to Brent at the time she speaks to him? What realization has Emil's sharing brought to Brent?
8. What are some of Jenny's parents' actions that lead them away from their Jewish heritage? Why do they try to forget their roots?
9. How does the boy's interest in the whirligig affect Brent?
10. When the chapter ends, what does Tony do that connects the little boy to his great-grandfather?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the wooden band whirligig's effect on Flaco's life. What changes does he make in his life because of the whirligig? What remains the same in his life?
Essay Topic 2
1) Discuss in detail at least three instances where Brent blames others for his own mistakes.
2) Explore how Brent could have saved himself a lot of unnecessary pain by taking ownership of his actions in each of the three incidents.
Essay Topic 3
Whirligigs affect people of all ages in the book. Select two characters who are from different generations and describe how their individual experience with a whirligig is unique to their age.
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