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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. Why does Dorothy begin laughing when Palmer is talking seriously about Nipper's possible fate?
2. What does Palmer decide the message on his cake means?
3. What does Palmer's dad get for him?
4. As Palmer walks away, Nipper in his hands, what does he hear a small child say?
5. Where do Palmer and his friends go after cake and ice cream?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kinds of harassment do Beans and the gang inflict on Palmer after he has walked away from the gang? Why?
2. What does Palmer find when her gets home to his room, and what does he decide at that moment?
3. What does Dorothy tell Palmer at the shoot that upsets him? How does he treat Dorothy? How does she respond?
4. Why does Palmer begin to question his real reasons for sending Nipper away? What does he come to understand?
5. When the boys line up to practice wringing a pigeon's neck, Palmer lines up with them. What is this experience like for Palmer?
6. Why are Dorothy and Palmer certain they must get Nipper out of town? What other options do they have?
7. 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?
8. How does Palmer react when his mother tells he she and his father have known about Nipper for months?
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. How do Dorothy and Palmer finally get Nipper safely out of town and away from danger? How does their behavior then represent their mood?
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
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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