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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Beans do with the contents of the spaghetti and meatballs container from the freezer?

2. Who do Palmer and the gang attack with snowballs on their way to school one morning?

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

4. How does the pigeon wake Palmer in the mornings?

5. Who does Palmer find in his room when he comes home from Beans's party?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What are some of Palmer's memories of his first pigeon shoot? What does this tell us about Palmer?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. Who does Palmer find in his room the night before the pigeon shoot? Why? What do we learn about Palmer?

6. How does Palmer react when the gang tell him they believe he has a pigeon for a pet? What does Palmer want the gang to believe and why?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Palmer and the gang go to the railroad station in the middle of the night to see the five thousand caged pigeons for the shoot, Palmer is faced once again with a conflict of emotions. Describe the conflict in Palmer's mind and how he deals with it.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 32, Palmer makes an important observation about Henry. What is the observation, and how does it affect Palmer's behavior? Do you think Palmer's observation is correct?

Essay Topic 3

There are two traditions in Palmer's town that frighten him, and yet he is drawn toward them both. What are these traditions? Why do they both frighten and interest Palmer? How are these two traditions similar?

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