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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 Palmer give Dorothy to use in hopes of getting Nipper to stand on her head?

2. Where does Palmer's pigeon sleep?

3. What does Palmer feel "lurking in shadowy doorways"?

4. What does Palmer know he should wish but cannot?

5. Who does Palmer question about Nipper when the bird does not come home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is The Treatment? What does it mean to Palmer to receive The Treatment? What does Palmer get after getting through The Treatment?

3. How does Palmer react when his mother tells he she and his father have known about Nipper for months?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What does Dorothy tell Palmer at the shoot that upsets him? How does he treat Dorothy? How does she respond?

9. How do Palmer's parents react to The Treatment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Palmer's reaction to his mother's confession that she has known about Nipper for months. What does he feel? What does he tell her? How does this experience give him courage?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What part does Nipper play in Palmer's life? How is this non-speaking character such a major influence in the novel? What does Nipper represent to Palmer?

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