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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Palmer's dad respond when Palmer asks him if he was a wringer?
(a) He tells Palmer no, and Palmer does not have to be a wringer, either.
(b) He tells Palmer yes, and explains how much he liked it.
(c) He tells Palmer yes, and assures him he will be one, too.
(d) He tells Palmer no, he does not believe in wringing.
2. Where is Palmer to meet the gang on Saturday for the pigeon shoot?
(a) At the ferris wheel.
(b) At the World War I cannon.
(c) At the baseball field.
(d) At the pigeon cages.
3. What does Palmer give Dorothy to use in hopes of getting Nipper to stand on her head?
(a) A few peanuts.
(b) A piece of candy.
(c) A piece of cotton for her ear.
(d) A handful of Frankenbursts.
4. Before going to sleep, what does Palmer do with his flashlight?
(a) Checks outside his window.
(b) Checks the bathroom.
(c) Checks inside his closet.
(d) Checks his parent's room.
5. What does Palmer try to convince the gang about the pigeon?
(a) He wants them to think he has never seen a pigeon.
(b) He wants them to believe it was a crow.
(c) He wants them to think his father is practicing for the shoot.
(d) He wants them to believe it did not happen.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the boys begin yelling at the park when they are playing their game?
2. What new experience does Palmer have when falling asleep after talking to his mother?
3. For the gang, what makes a birthday official?
4. What does Palmer ask the boys to check him for when the bird is gone?
5. Why did Palmer have trouble concentrating at school?
Short Essay Questions
1. Once he has decided to name and keep Nipper, Palmer realizes he must divert the gang from coming to his house. Why does he want to keep the boys away? What are some of the excuses he invents?
2. In Chapter Three, Palmer joins his new friends out on the street. When Beans asks about Dorothy, Palmer does not answer at first. How does Palmer initially react to the gang's behavior toward Dorothy? Why does he join them as they run down the street after their prank?
3. In Chapter 15, Palmer goes through a series of emotional reactions to the pigeon tapping on his window. What are some of those reactions?
4. How does Palmer resolve his problems of meeting his friends at the cannon on the day of the pigeon shoot? Why? What do we learn about Palmer?
5. When Palmer returns from Beans' birthday party he finds Dorothy waiting in his room. She sarcastically calls him Snots and talks about his gang. What does she say, and what does she really mean?
6. When the boys find Farquar, he is on the soccer field and all but Palmer rush over to see him. Why does Palmer lag behind? What is he experiencing walking onto the field?
7. Palmer tries to explain to Dorothy why he cannot tell people he does not want to be a wringer. What kinds of pressure does he feel? How does he think people will react?
8. How does Palmer react in Chapter 13 when he is awakened by tapping? Who does he think is at the window? What does he find?
9. What does Beans pull out of the freezer when the gang is at his house? What does he do with it? The author does not tell us how Palmer feels about what Beans has done. Based on what you know of Palmer, how does he feel about the prank?
10. Palmer describes the wish he should make after Nipper has been seen in the sky by the gang. What is that wish? Why can't he make that wish?
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