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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. What are the presents the boys give Palmer?
(a) A basketball, a pirate costume, a DVD.
(b) A brown apple core, a dirty sock, an old cigar butt.
(c) A bell for his bike, a Monopoly game, a pirate game.
(d) A Lego kit, a bow and arrow, a DVD.

2. Who do the boys see at the playground on Palmer's birthday?
(a) Bean's grandmother.
(b) Farquar.
(c) Dorothy.
(d) Palmer's mother.

3. Who does Palmer question about Nipper when the bird does not come home?
(a) The neighborhood cat.
(b) The golden bird on his father's trophy.
(c) HIs parents.
(d) The mailman.

4. While he is with the gang deciding what to do next, what amazing thing happens to Palmer in front of the gang?
(a) He falls and breaks his leg.
(b) Palmer kisses Dorothy.
(c) Nipper lands on his head.
(d) Nipper bites Beans on the nose.

5. What does Palmer ask the boys to check him for when the bird is gone?
(a) A tear to his jacket.
(b) Fleas on his head.
(c) Scratches on his scalp.
(d) Pigeon poop in his hair.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Palmer give Dorothy to use in hopes of getting Nipper to stand on her head?

3. What name does Palmer give his pigeon?

4. As Palmer and the gang continue treestumping and teasing Dorothy, what does Palmer expect to happen?

5. When Palmer asks his mother why the boy wrung the pigeon's neck, what does she say?

Short Essay Questions

1. Palmer explains to Dorothy that he is conflicted about school ending. What is the conflict he feels? At the end of the chapter, the narrator says "But another school was about to begin." Can you guess what this school is, and why it is beginning?

2. Palmer has an emotional roller coaster ride when he recognizes Nipper flying above the field. What different feelings wash over him including finally holding Nipper in his hands again?

3. 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?

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

5. Palmer makes his plan to avoid confrontation with Beans and Mutto on the night of his birthday. What is his plan, and does it work?

6. When Beans has his tenth birthday party, he invites the gang to his house and then leaves with them to find Farquar. Again, The Treatment is part of the story. How does Beans anticipate The Treatment and his birthday in general? How is Beans' reaction different from that of Palmer?

7. 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?

8. What chores does Palmer offer to do for himself? Why does he offer to take care of his own room?

9. When Dorothy realizes all of the things Palmer has done to keep Nipper from harm, she calls him a hero. Why does Dorothy think Palmer is a hero? Does he feel like a hero?

10. What curious thing does Palmer notice at the Titans baseball game? What does it remind him of?

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