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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What important question does Dorothy ask Palmer as his birthday approaches?
(a) Will he have a party this year?
(b) Will he introduce Nipper to everyone at the party?
(c) Will he invite the gang to his party?
(d) WIll he invite her to his party?
2. What are the two benefits Palmer realizes from misbehaving in school?
(a) He is the class clown and the best student in his class.
(b) He is made to stay after school and he is more popular.
(c) He is the subject of gossip and gets lots of attention.
(d) He is forced to sit in the back of the room and flirt with girls.
3. How do many of the pigeons come out of the boxes for the shoot?
(a) They are flying away faster than they shooters can shoot.
(b) They are flying circles overhead and diving down to the shooters.
(c) They walk out, look around, then fly away.
(d) They are walking about or pecking for food rather than flying.
4. What does Palmer find on his birthday cake later in the evening?
(a) "Happy birthday, snots."
5. What do Dorothy and Palmer finally decide to do with Nipper?
(a) Dorothy will hide Nipper in her room until the gang leaves Palmer alone.
(b) Release Nipper in the park and leave food for him there.
(c) Dorothy will release him far away while she is on vacation.
(d) Let Palmer's parents help them make a plan for Nipper.
6. Where does Palmer's dad take him one evening, just the two of them?
(a) To a basketball game at the downtown arena.
(b) To the mall to play video games.
(c) To a baseball game in a nearby town.
(d) To the movies to see "Independence Day."
7. How has Palmer's dad been treating him since Nipper left?
(a) He has been disappointed in Palmer.
(b) He has been affectionate, tousling his hair and rubbing his shoulders.
(c) He has behaved as he always does.
(d) He has been distant and aloof.
8. Why does Palmer's mother ask to come into his room?
(a) To ask him about the white, chalky spots all over the room.
(b) To tell him he must clean his room.
(c) To tell him she knows about Nipper.
(d) To ask him about his plans for the pigeon shoot.
9. What do the boys run in to the den to look at again and again?
(a) Mr. LaRue's big screen television.
(b) Mr. LaRue's Sharpshooter Award.
(c) The family portrait.
(d) The dart board.
10. Why does Palmer run upstairs after hearing about the cat?
(a) He is afraid he will tell his mother about Nipper.
(b) He knows there is no cat and she thinks he has a pigeon.
(c) He wants to make sure his windows are all closed.
(d) He knows she saw Panther, and wants to check on Nipper.
11. Why is the gang waiting for Palmer when he comes out of detention?
(a) Henry says "we wanted to hear about what happened."
(b) The gang was not waiting when Palmer left detention.
(c) Beans explains "you get punished, we wait."
(d) Mutto says "there was nothing else to do."
12. How does the narrator describe Palmer's loneliness after Nipper is gone?
(a) Palmer is as "empty as a spent bullet cartridge."
(b) Palmer is as "confused as a rabbit with a blindfold."
(c) Palmer is as "lonely as an umbrella in sunshine."
(d) Palmer is as "empty as the cicada husks on the trees."
13. Why can't Palmer ask the gang over to see for themselves that the pigeon is gone?
(a) There is still pigeon poop all over the floors and bookshelves.
(b) There is still cereal and other foods in the closet.
(c) His mother keeps the door to his room locked now.
(d) His mother will never allow them in the house again.
14. What are the sacrifices Palmer sees he has made in order to save Nipper?
(a) He is not in the gang anymore, Nipper is gone, and he has lost Dorothy, too.
(b) He is not in the gang anymore, he is a liar, and he is a fake.
(c) He is not in the gang anymore, he feels he is a traitor, and his pet is gone.
(d) He is not in the gang anymore, Beans wants to get him, and he is a liar.
15. How does Palmer explain where he was when the gang came to his room the night before?
(a) He was sleeping in his parent's room.
(b) He was sleeping at a friend's house.
(c) He was sleeping at his cousin's house.
(d) He was sleeping in the guest room.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Palmer imagine the gang is doing while he is hiding from them?
2. What does Palmer come to realize about releasing Nipper?
3. Who does Palmer realize is the only member of the gang he is not afraid of?
4. As Palmer approaches his house, what is he worried about?
5. Who does Palmer recognize as wringers, and what do they each do?
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