Wringer Test | Final 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. Who does Palmer find has joined his side at the shoot?

2. Where has Palmer hidden after running away from the gang?

3. Why does Palmer tell Dorothy he lives in the wrong town?

4. Why does Palmer run upstairs after hearing about the cat?

5. Why does Dorothy begin laughing when Palmer is talking seriously about Nipper's possible fate?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Palmer is not excited on his birthday, not thrilled with presents or the presence of his friends. Many things hang heavy in his mind. What are some of the things that are troubling Palmer on his tenth birthday?

4. What do the boys learn in wringer school? Who teaches the class? What does the teacher tell the boys is most important part of being a wringer?

5. What does Palmer find written on the icing of his cake later in the evening of his birthday? Who does he believe wrote it? What does he think it means?

6. 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?

7. How does Palmer attempt to trick Nipper into not finding him again when he is with his friends? Describe his solution. Does it seem like this would work?

8. 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?

9. Why are Dorothy and Palmer certain they must get Nipper out of town? What other options do they have?

10. Why does Palmer begin to question his real reasons for sending Nipper away? What does he come to understand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Palmer's ninth birthday party and that of his tenth. What things are similar? What things are different? Does Palmer seem more or less mature on his tenth birthday? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The novel ends with the words of a small child. What are those words, and why are they important? What do the words mean to Palmer?

Essay Topic 3

When talking to Palmer about Nipper, Dorothy asks "why don't they just let him alone? What did he ever do to them?" Palmer's response is a powerful moment in the novel. What does Palmer say to Dorothy? Discuss the implications of his statement.

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