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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. As Palmer and the gang continue treestumping and teasing Dorothy, what does Palmer expect to happen?
(a) They would all get bored and do something else.
(b) They would be joined by other kids.
(c) They would be aksed to go to the school counselor.
(d) They would all be suspended from school.

2. Why did Palmer have trouble concentrating at school?
(a) He was thinking about sledding.
(b) He was thinking about who had been tapping on his window.
(c) He was getting sick.
(d) He was thinking about Dorothy.

3. How does Palmer decide to handle Saturday and the pigeon shoot?
(a) He leaves with his family for the weekend.
(b) He pretends to be sick and stays home all day.
(c) He runs away from home.
(d) He goes with Dorothy's family to the neighboring town to shop.

4. What does Palmer give Beans for his birthday?
(a) A baseball.
(b) A football.
(c) A soccer ball.
(d) A basketball.

5. What does Palmer think about Henry when they are playing at the park?
(a) Henry is the leader and likes Palmer.
(b) Henry is shorter than the other two boys.
(c) Henry is the outcast and Palmer will take his place.
(d) Henry is the meekest and prey to the others.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Fishface?

2. How does Palmer describe the weeks following his birthday?

3. What does Palmer think to himself when Beans makes his announcement to his friends at the soccer field?

4. What do the boys see after pulling their prank at Dorothy's house?

5. What is the nickname the boys give Palmer at his party?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. What scene do Mutto, Beans and Henry enact at the park? How does Palmer react to their display? Why does he react this way?

5. When Palmer opens the door on his birthday and finds Beans, Mutto and Henry there, he is elated. Why? Who are these boys? What do they represent in Palmer's life?

6. 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?

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

8. For his birthday, Palmer gets an old apple core, an old sock, and a cigar butt from his new friends. What makes these gifts special? How does Palmer react to his mother's gifts?

9. Beans begins to escalate the treestumping of Dorothy to get a reaction from her, but she gives him none. His cruel behavior escalates until Dorothy finally does react. What is her reaction, and how does this affect Palmer?

10. 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?

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