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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. With what does Palmer play in his room alone?
2. Why is Palmer feeling so badly on his birthday?
3. How does the gang treat Palmer now that he has refused The Treatment and left them?
4. What stories do the children hear about the pigeons in their crates awaiting the shoot?
5. How has Palmer's dad been treating him since Nipper left?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does not attend Palmer's tenth birthday party and why? What do the boys want to talk to Mr. LaRue about? How does Mr. LaRue respond?
2. 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?
3. What does Dorothy tell Palmer at the shoot that upsets him? How does he treat Dorothy? How does she respond?
4. What kinds of harassment do Beans and the gang inflict on Palmer after he has walked away from the gang? Why?
5. What other issue between Dorothy and Palmer comes up in Chapter 29? How does Palmer feel about the situation? How does he resolve it?
6. Why are Dorothy and Palmer certain they must get Nipper out of town? What other options do they have?
7. In Chapter 32, Beans and the gang take Palmer to find Farquar for his birthday Treatment. When Beans demands that Farquar give Palmer the Treatment, he is faced with a bully bigger than himself. How does Beans respond to Farquar? How does Palmer?
8. How does Palmer react when his mother tells he she and his father have known about Nipper for months?
9. How does Palmer notice his father communicates with hum during Family Fest week? How does he describe this new communication?
10. When Palmer attends the pigeon shoot this year, what does he come to realize about his memories of shoots from years passed?
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
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 3
How does Palmer describe the time in his life when things began to change and he realizes he does not want to be a wringer? How does this realization change his life?
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