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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. Where has Palmer hidden after running away from the gang?
2. What did Palmer notice Mutto was carrying in his pocket on the way home from school?
3. Who brings Nipper into the meadow and then into the woods?
4. What does Miss Kiner ask Palmer to do as punishment?
5. The next day as they leave on their bikes, where do Palmer and Dorothy tell their families they are going?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Dorothy and Palmer finally get Nipper safely out of town and away from danger? How does their behavior then represent their mood?
2. When the boys line up to practice wringing a pigeon's neck, Palmer lines up with them. What is this experience like for Palmer?
3. Why does Palmer begin to question his real reasons for sending Nipper away? What does he come to understand?
4. When Palmer refuses The Treatment from Farquar, what does he tell Beans when he is screaming at him? Why does he run from the gang then? What does Beans yell to Palmer as he is running away?
5. When Palmer attends the pigeon shoot this year, what does he come to realize about his memories of shoots from years passed?
6. Why are Dorothy and Palmer certain they must get Nipper out of town? What other options do they have?
7. What other issue between Dorothy and Palmer comes up in Chapter 29? How does Palmer feel about the situation? How does he resolve it?
8. When Dorothy realizes all of the things Palmer has done to keep Nipper from harm, she calls him a hero. Why does Dorothy think Palmer is a hero? Does he feel like a hero?
9. After refusing The Treatment and leaving the gang, Palmer again places Nipper's needs above his. What does he decide to do next?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Palmer's relationship with Dorothy and his relationship with the gang. How do the two (Dorothy and the gang) help Palmer to feel important? How do the two bring out the different sides of Palmer?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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