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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 does Palmer realize while hiding from the gang?
2. Why does Palmer cover himself up to go to school the day after Nipper lands on his head in front of the gang?
3. What does Palmer's mother tell him she has seen on the stairway of the house?
4. What does Palmer explain to Dorothy when he tells her about his afternoon disagreement with the gang?
5. What condition does Palmer's mother place on his having a tenth birthday party?
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. 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?
3. When Palmer attends the pigeon shoot this year, what does he come to realize about his memories of shoots from years passed?
4. In Chapter 29, what is Dorothy's solution to Palmer's problem? What does she do, and how does Palmer react?
5. What other issue between Dorothy and Palmer comes up in Chapter 29? How does Palmer feel about the situation? How does he resolve it?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. Why are Dorothy and Palmer certain they must get Nipper out of town? What other options do they have?
9. What does Dorothy tell Palmer at the shoot that upsets him? How does he treat Dorothy? How does she respond?
10. Palmer knows a lot about pigeons. What kinds of things does he know about releasing a pigeon so the bird will not be able to return home? How does he use this information with Nipper?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare Palmer's ninth birthday party and that of his tenth. What things are similar? What things are different? Does Palmer seem more or less mature on his tenth birthday? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Palmer notices that after letting Nipper leave, he is less anxious and tense. However, he also realizes the price he has paid for that relief. Discuss the price Palmer feels he has paid by letting Nipper leave.
Essay Topic 3
When Palmer's father catches the fly ball at the ballgame and gives it to Palmer, the narrator says Palmer held the ball on the way home and "imagined he felt a heartbeat." What does the narrator mean by this statement?
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