Wringer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. For the gang, what makes a birthday official?

2. What playground equipment do Palmer and the gang play on the afternoon of his party?

3. Where is Palmer to meet the gang on Saturday for the pigeon shoot?

4. Why does the town sponsor a pigeon shoot?

5. Who is Fishface?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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. 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?

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

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. Palmer comes home after the boys see a pigeon flying overhead and he cries. Why is he crying? What does he admit about his day?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The last two chapters of the book are filled with descriptions of the sounds, smells, tastes, touches, colors and pictures of the pigeon shoot. Describe the field on that morning using as much descriptive detail from the novel as you can incorporating all of the senses.

Essay Topic 2

When Palmer's father catches the fly ball at the ballgame and gives it to Palmer, the narrator says Palmer held the ball on the way home and "imagined he felt a heartbeat." What does the narrator mean by this statement?

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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