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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 Palmer react to what his mother tells him?
2. How does Palmer explain where he was when the gang came to his room the night before?
3. Why does Palmer cover himself up to go to school the day after Nipper lands on his head in front of the gang?
4. What is Henry's real name?
5. With whom does Palmer go to the Family Fest?
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 curious thing does Palmer notice at the Titans baseball game? What does it remind him of?
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. After refusing The Treatment and leaving the gang, Palmer again places Nipper's needs above his. What does he decide to do next?
5. How do Dorothy and Palmer finally get Nipper safely out of town and away from danger? How does their behavior then represent their mood?
6. What other issue between Dorothy and Palmer comes up in Chapter 29? How does Palmer feel about the situation? How does he resolve it?
7. When Palmer attends the pigeon shoot this year, what does he come to realize about his memories of shoots from years passed?
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. 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?
10. What kinds of harassment do Beans and the gang inflict on Palmer after he has walked away from the gang? Why?
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
Throughout the novel, Beans is depicted as a mean boy and a bully. He is also responsible for the death of animals. How is Mutto depicted? How is Henry depicted? Why are these three in a gang together?
Essay Topic 3
When Palmer and the gang go to the railroad station in the middle of the night to see the five thousand caged pigeons for the shoot, Palmer is faced once again with a conflict of emotions. Describe the conflict in Palmer's mind and how he deals with it.
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