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. How does Henry behave in Palmer's room?

2. What does Palmer's dad get for him?

3. What did Palmer notice Mutto was carrying in his pocket on the way home from school?

4. What does Palmer do right before getting The Treatment?

5. What disconcerting information does Dorothy give to Palmer during the shoot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. In Chapter 29, what is Dorothy's solution to Palmer's problem? What does she do, and how does Palmer react?

8. Why does Palmer choose Henry to invite up to his room to prove Nipper is no longer there? What happens between them when Henry is in Palmer's room?

9. 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?

10. When Palmer attends the pigeon shoot this year, what does he come to realize about his memories of shoots from years passed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothy tells Palmer to simply tell everyone he does not want to be a wringer. Palmer believes this to be impossible to do. What does he explain to Dorothy about admitting he does not want to be a wringer? What are the consequences, and for who?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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