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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. Why does Beans continue to treestump and tease Dorothy?
(a) He wants his mother to punish him.
(b) He wants to make her quit school.
(c) He has a crush on her.
(d) He wants to get a reaction from her.

2. With whom does Palmer attend his second pigeon shoot?
(a) Dorothy Gruzik.
(b) His aunt and cousins.
(c) Beans, Mutto and Henry.
(d) His mother and father.

3. Who is tapping at Palmer's window early one morning?
(a) Dorothy.
(b) Beans and Mutto.
(c) A pigeon.
(d) A squirrel.

4. Who does Palmer decide to tell about his pet Nipper?
(a) Henry.
(b) Arthur.
(c) Dorothy.
(d) His parents.

5. What are some of the things Palmer apologizes for?
(a) Calling Dorothy ugly, the Panther prank, treestumping.
(b) Pelting Dorothy with mud, a cat trick, teasing her.
(c) Calling Dorothy Fishface, the muskrat prank, treestumping.
(d) Hitting Dorothy, ruining her hopscotch game, teasing her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does Beans accuse Palmer when they are walking back to their street?

2. How does Palmer describe the feeling he has when he is with Dorothy?

3. Why did Palmer have trouble concentrating at school?

4. Who does Palmer question about Nipper when the bird does not come home?

5. Why does the town sponsor a pigeon shoot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Palmer begins to identify a certain smell associated with the pigeon shoot. Describe the smell and how it injects itself into Palmer's life.

2. In Chapter Seven, how does Dorothy treat Palmer when he comes to show her his arm? How does he react?

3. 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?

4. How do Palmer's parents react to The Treatment?

5. In Chapter 25, Palmer has a wonderful day in which he is relaxed and happy. The day dissolves into emotional distress. What happens to make Palmer nervous and upset? What two parts of Palmer's personality come into conflict?

6. When the gang attacks Dorothy with snow balls on the first day of school, Palmer joins in without hesitation. How does he rationalize his behavior toward her?

7. Palmer finally becomes old enough to read the inscription on his father's trophy in the den. What did he pretend it said when he was younger? What does it really say? How does Palmer respond to learning what the words actually are?

8. How does Palmer come up with the name for his pigeon? What do people feel about animals when they name them? How does Palmer feel about his pigeon?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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