Maniac Magee Final Test

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Use what you have read in order to answer the questions in Chapters 1-10


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How did Maniac Magee become an orphan? 

    • A.

      His parents decided to leave him with his uncle and aunt and leave town

    • B.

      His parents were killed in a trolley crash

    • C.

      His parents died in an airplane crash

    • D.

      His parents died in an car accident

    Correct Answer
    B. His parents were killed in a trolley crash
    Explanation
    Maniac Magee became an orphan because his parents were killed in a trolley crash.

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  • 2. 

    Maniac Magee enjoyed living with his aunt and uncle.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 3. 

    What is Maniac Magee's real name? 

    • A.

      John

    • B.

      Jason

    • C.

      Jeffery

    • D.

      Jameson

    Correct Answer
    C. Jeffery
    Explanation
    Maniac Magee's real name is Jeffery.

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  • 4. 

    Amanda Belle was the first person to speak to Maniac after he left home.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Amanda Belle was the first person to interact with Maniac after he left home. This implies that there were no other individuals who had spoken to Maniac before Amanda Belle. Therefore, the correct answer is True.

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  • 5. 

    Two Mills, PA is a divided town--- East and West End. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that Two Mills, PA is divided into two parts, specifically the East and West End. This suggests that there are distinct sections or neighborhoods within the town. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 6. 

    How was Maniac not noticed at the dinner table at the Pickwell house? 

    • A.

      So many people live and eat dinner there, that no one really thought to ask about him- they all thought he was with someone else!

    • B.

      Mrs. Pickwell asked him to come into dinner, so no comments were needed

    • C.

      He came in after dinner started

    • D.

      Nobody noticed him because he was so small

    Correct Answer
    A. So many people live and eat dinner there, that no one really thought to ask about him- they all thought he was with someone else!
    Explanation
    The reason Maniac was not noticed at the dinner table at the Pickwell house is because there were so many people living and eating dinner there that no one really thought to ask about him. They all assumed he was with someone else, so no comments or questions were made about his presence.

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  • 7. 

    What unique item did Maniac hit a home run with that added to his "legend" status, in the baseball game with John McNab as the pitcher?

    • A.

      Baseball

    • B.

      Turtle

    • C.

      Frog

    • D.

      Red baseball cap

    Correct Answer
    C. Frog
    Explanation
    In the baseball game with John McNab as the pitcher, Maniac hit a home run with a unique item, a frog. This unusual and unexpected choice of hitting a home run with a frog added to Maniac's "legend" status because it showcased his incredible skill and unpredictability on the baseball field.

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  • 8. 

    Maniac does not see "colors" like the people of the East and West End. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Maniac, the person being referred to, perceives colors differently compared to the people from the East and West End. This implies that Maniac's perception of colors is unique or distinct from the norm in those areas. Therefore, the correct answer is True, indicating that Maniac indeed does not see colors in the same way as the people from the East and West End.

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  • 9. 

    Maniac is homeless. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement implies that the maniac does not have a permanent place to live and is without a home. Therefore, the correct answer is "True."

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following phrases would not describe Maniac Magee?

    • A.

      A happy young boy who lives at home with his parents

    • B.

      Ragged/ripped shirt, with flopping-soled tennis shoes, shows no fear

    • C.

      Loves to run, moves quickly, can play sports with high schoolers

    • D.

      Loves to read and has a friend in Amanda Beale

    Correct Answer
    A. A happy young boy who lives at home with his parents
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a happy young boy who lives at home with his parents." This is because throughout the book "Maniac Magee," the main character, Maniac Magee, is depicted as an orphan who is constantly on the move and does not have a stable home or family. He is known for his ragged appearance, fearlessness, athleticism, and friendship with Amanda Beale.

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  • 11. 

    Because Maniac is an outsider, he sees things in the West and East differently than those who live there. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer is that Maniac, being an outsider, has a fresh perspective on the West and East. This allows him to see things differently than the people who have been living there for a long time. As a result, he is able to notice and understand things that others might overlook or take for granted. This outsider perspective gives Maniac a unique insight into the two regions and allows him to navigate and adapt to his surroundings in a way that is different from the locals.

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  • 12. 

    What is the name of the gang that John McNab is part of in the West End?

    • A.

      Anacondas

    • B.

      Mustangs

    • C.

      Frog Men

    • D.

      Cobras

    Correct Answer
    D. Cobras
    Explanation
    John McNab is part of the gang called "Cobras" in the West End.

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  • 13. 

    What is the dividing line between the East and West End?

    • A.

      Hector Street

    • B.

      Chestnut Street

    • C.

      Marshall Street

    • D.

      Green Street Bridge

    Correct Answer
    A. Hector Street
    Explanation
    Hector Street is the dividing line between the East and West End.

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  • 14. 

    Mars Bar Thompson was surprised when Maniac took a bite of his candy bar when he offered it to him.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Mars Bar Thompson was surprised when Maniac took a bite of his candy bar. Since the statement does not provide any contradictory information, it can be concluded that the answer is true.

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  • 15. 

    The top prize for untying Cobble Knot--- a year's worth of hamburgers.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that untying Cobble Knot will result in winning a year's worth of hamburgers as the top prize. However, the correct answer is False, indicating that this statement is not true. Therefore, untying Cobble Knot does not lead to winning a year's worth of hamburgers.

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  • 16. 

    Maniac worked on the Cobble Knot all day without ever stopping to eat or rest.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is "Maniac worked on the Cobble Knot all day without ever stopping to eat or rest." The correct answer is False. This means that the statement is not true. The reason for this is that it is highly unlikely for a person to work all day without taking breaks to eat or rest. It is essential for individuals to take breaks for nourishment and rest in order to maintain their energy and productivity levels. Therefore, it is not realistic for Maniac to work on the Cobble Knot without stopping to eat or rest.

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  • 17. 

    Jeffery loved his name-- the only thing he had left from his parents. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Jeffery values his name because it is the only thing he has left from his parents. This implies that Jeffery has lost his parents or is separated from them in some way, and his name holds sentimental value for him. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 18. 

    Maniac was allergic to pizza.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement states that the maniac was allergic to pizza. This means that the maniac had a negative reaction or physical response when consuming or being exposed to pizza. Therefore, the correct answer is true, indicating that the maniac indeed had an allergy to pizza.

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  • 19. 

    Maniac had his own room at Amanda's house, and an address. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement states that Maniac had his own room at Amanda's house and an address. This implies that Maniac lived at Amanda's house and had a separate room for himself, indicating that the statement is true.

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  • 20. 

    Grayson found Jeffery sleeping in the zoo.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement states that Grayson found Jeffery sleeping in the zoo. Since the statement does not provide any contradictory information or indicate that it is false, we can assume that the statement is true.

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  • 21. 

    Grayson stated that he wanted to always be ...

    • A.

      Baseball player

    • B.

      Truck driver

    • C.

      Teacher

    • D.

      Lawyer

    Correct Answer
    A. Baseball player
    Explanation
    Grayson stated that he wanted to always be a baseball player. This means that he expressed a desire to pursue a career in baseball and continue playing the sport professionally.

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  • 22. 

    Grayson taught Jeffery (Maniac) how to read.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Grayson did not teach Maniac how to read. In the book "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli, it is actually Amanda Beale who teaches Maniac how to read. Grayson, on the other hand, is a kind old man who becomes Maniac's friend and mentor, but he does not teach him how to read.

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  • 23. 

    Grayson becomes like a friend to Jeffery. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Grayson becoming like a friend to Jeffery means that they have developed a close and friendly relationship. This suggests that they have a good understanding of each other, trust each other, and enjoy spending time together. They may share common interests, support each other, and have a strong bond. This closeness indicates that Grayson has become more than just an acquaintance to Jeffery, but rather a true friend.

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  • 24. 

    Grayson encourages Maniac to go to school everyday.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Grayson encourages Maniac to go to school every day. This means that Grayson supports and motivates Maniac to attend school regularly.

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  • 25. 

    Maniac's life was dramatically changed again with the death of Grayson. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the life of Maniac was dramatically changed after Grayson's death. This implies that Grayson played a significant role in Maniac's life and his absence had a profound impact on him. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 26. 

    Grayson asked for paint so that he could paint Jeffery's room. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Grayson asked for paint to paint Jeffery's room, indicating that it is not his own room.

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  • 27. 

    Who were Russell and Piper related to? 

    • A.

      Mars Bar Thompson

    • B.

      Amanda Beale

    • C.

      John McNab

    • D.

      Grayson

    Correct Answer
    C. John McNab
    Explanation
    Russell and Piper were related to John McNab.

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  • 28. 

    Russell and Piper idolize Maniac.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Russell and Piper idolize Maniac, indicating that they greatly admire or look up to him. This suggests that they hold him in high regard and possibly consider him as a role model or someone they aspire to be like.

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  • 29. 

    Why is it ironic that Maniac nearly has a "winter freeze" at Valley Forge, PA?

    • A.

      He is just sad from the death of Grayson

    • B.

      He is sad and has lost hope, ready to give up, very cold weather like Washington's troops faced in the winter at Valley Forge, PA

    • C.

      He is hungry

    • D.

      He hears the two boys in the cabin next door

    Correct Answer
    B. He is sad and has lost hope, ready to give up, very cold weather like Washington's troops faced in the winter at Valley Forge, PA
    Explanation
    It is ironic that Maniac nearly has a "winter freeze" at Valley Forge, PA because the cold weather he is experiencing mirrors the harsh conditions that Washington's troops faced during the winter at Valley Forge. This comparison highlights the contrast between Maniac's personal struggles and the historical significance of the location, emphasizing the depth of his sadness and loss of hope. Additionally, the mention of Valley Forge adds a layer of historical context to the story, connecting Maniac's personal journey to the larger narrative of American history.

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  • 30. 

    Maniac was surprised at the way the McNab family lived and only stayed so the boys would go to school everyday. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Maniac was surprised by the living conditions of the McNab family, implying that their way of living was different from what he was used to. Despite this surprise, he decided to stay with them so that the boys would continue attending school regularly. This indicates that Maniac valued education and wanted to ensure that the boys had the opportunity to receive it. Therefore, the answer is true, as it accurately reflects the information provided in the statement.

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  • 31. 

    Maniac refused to leave Russell and Piper because he was trying to be a good influence upon them. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Maniac refused to leave Russell and Piper because he wanted to have a positive impact on their lives. He saw that they were in a difficult situation and needed guidance, so he chose to stay with them and be a good influence.

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  • 32. 

    Maniac took Mars Bar to eat dinner at the Pickwell House.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the Maniac took Mars Bar to eat dinner at the Pickwell House. Since the statement does not provide any contradictory information or context to suggest otherwise, it can be inferred that the statement is true.

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  • 33. 

    Why did Maniac not go toward the Schuykill Bridge? 

    • A.

      Too many bad memories of his parents death

    • B.

      It was too far away for him to go

    • C.

      It was close to Amanda's house

    • D.

      It was close to Hector Street- the dividing line between East and West

    Correct Answer
    A. Too many bad memories of his parents death
    Explanation
    Maniac did not go toward the Schuykill Bridge because he had too many bad memories of his parents' death. This suggests that the bridge holds significant emotional significance for him, likely reminding him of the tragic event. As a result, he avoids going in that direction to avoid reliving those painful memories.

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  • 34. 

    Who rescued Russell?

    • A.

      John McNab

    • B.

      Maniac

    • C.

      Mars Bar Thompson

    • D.

      Piper

    Correct Answer
    C. Mars Bar Thompson
    Explanation
    Mars Bar Thompson rescued Russell.

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  • 35. 

    Mars Bar Thompson asked Maniac to come home with him.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Mars Bar Thompson asked Maniac to come home with him. This implies that Mars Bar Thompson extended an invitation to Maniac to accompany him to his home. Therefore, the correct answer is true, indicating that Mars Bar Thompson indeed asked Maniac to come home with him.

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  • 36. 

    Piper and Russell have a new appreciation for Mars Bar, after the rescue, they realize that he is just a good guy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    After being rescued, Piper and Russell develop a newfound appreciation for Mars Bar, indicating that they have realized he is a good person. This suggests that their perception of Mars Bar has changed positively, indicating that he is indeed a good guy. Therefore, the answer is true.

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  • 37. 

    Because Maniac turned down Mars Bar's hospitality, he then went to ask for _________ help?

    • A.

      Mr. Beale

    • B.

      John McNab

    • C.

      Mrs, Beale

    • D.

      Amanda

    Correct Answer
    D. Amanda
    Explanation
    Maniac turned down Mars Bar's hospitality, which suggests that he may not feel comfortable asking for help from someone who has previously shown hostility towards him. Therefore, he seeks help from Amanda, who is a kind and welcoming character in the story.

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  • 38. 

    Maniac was reluctant to stay long term at anyone's house, because he felt that it was bad luck for them/him

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Maniac is hesitant to stay at someone's house for a long period of time because he believes it brings bad luck to them or himself. This implies that Maniac has a superstitious belief that staying at someone's house for an extended period may bring negative consequences to both parties involved. Therefore, the correct answer is True, indicating that the statement accurately reflects Maniac's reluctance to stay long term at anyone's house due to his belief in bad luck.

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  • 39. 

    Why is it significant that Maniac runs on the rails of the railroad track? 

    • A.

      It adds to the legend of Maniac Magee

    • B.

      It is a difficult to balance/walk on rails- unless to run on them

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      Maniac ran in the middle of the railroad tracks so, it did not matter

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Running on the rails of the railroad track is significant for Maniac because it adds to his legend and showcases his extraordinary balancing skills. It is not easy to balance and walk on rails, let alone run on them, so Maniac's ability to do so sets him apart and contributes to the mythical status that surrounds him. Additionally, running in the middle of the railroad tracks shows Maniac's fearlessness and disregard for danger, further enhancing his legendary reputation.

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