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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. Of what does Beans accuse Palmer when they are walking back to their street?
(a) Being Dorothy's friend.
(b) Being a poor wringer.
(c) Having a pigeon.
(d) Being a liar.

2. What is treestumping?
(a) Standing behind a tree and throwing snowballs at passing cars.
(b) Standing behind a tree and throwing a snowball at Dorothy.
(c) Standing in front of Dorothy like a tree to block her walking.
(d) Standing in front of a tree and throwing snowballs at houses.

3. What does Palmer know he should wish but cannot?
(a) That Nipper would go to a pigeon-friendlier town.
(b) That Nipper would find a friend.
(c) That Nipper would move to Dorothy's house.
(d) That Nipper should only fly at night.

4. Why does Palmer run home and leave the boys behind in Chapter 12?
(a) The gang begins to break open a crate of pigeons to harm them.
(b) The gang begins to steal food from the closed concession stand.
(c) He is afraid of the dark.
(d) The gang teases him about not wringing a pigeon's neck.

5. What does Palmer believe he will receive from lasting out his time with Farquar?
(a) A birthday party at school.
(b) The honor and respect of the other kids.
(c) Respect from Dorothy.
(d) A new bike.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Palmer feed the pigeon?

2. How does Palmer learn about pigeons?

3. Why does Nipper fly around the house once or twice before flying away in the morning?

4. Who is tapping at Palmer's window early one morning?

5. What do the boys begin yelling at the park when they are playing their game?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example have Palmer and Nipper set for the children in the town? How can he tell his experience with Nipper has changed people's lives?

2. 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?

3. What does Palmer find when her gets home to his room, and what does he decide at that moment?

4. 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?

5. What kinds of harassment do Beans and the gang inflict on Palmer after he has walked away from the gang? Why?

6. How does Palmer's life change after Nipper is gone?

7. Why does Palmer choose Henry to invite up to his room to prove Nipper is no longer there? What happens between them when Henry is in Palmer's room?

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

9. Palmer asks his mother for a favor. What is the favor, and why does Palmer ask her? How does he explain this to his mother?

10. When the boys line up to practice wringing a pigeon's neck, Palmer lines up with them. What is this experience like for Palmer?

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