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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. What has Dorothy written on Palmer's nerf ball?
2. Where has Palmer hidden after running away from the gang?
3. What does Palmer decide the message on his cake means?
4. What are the two benefits Palmer realizes from misbehaving in school?
5. What was Palmer fearful the teacher would notice about him?
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. 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?
3. Palmer makes his plan to avoid confrontation with Beans and Mutto on the night of his birthday. What is his plan, and does it work?
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 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?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. How do Dorothy and Palmer finally get Nipper safely out of town and away from danger? How does their behavior then represent their mood?
9. 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?
10. How does Palmer's life change after Nipper is gone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Describe Palmer's reaction to his mother's confession that she has known about Nipper for months. What does he feel? What does he tell her? How does this experience give him courage?
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