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"That Was Then, This Is Now" is a modern, young adult novel written by S. E. Hinton published in 1971, adapted into a film starring Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer. The story revolves around two close friends named Mark and Bryon, who have different perspectives about their life. Bryon spends time with girls, and Mark craves thrill and excitement. Take this quiz to test your knowledge.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was Bryon's problem at the bar? How did he solve it?

    • A.

      He was too young to get a beer. He used a stolen identification card as proof of age to get served.

    • B.

      Another drunk customer challenged him to a fight, and he didn't want to fight. He went into the bathroom and climbed out of the window.

    • C.

      He had three dollars of unpaid charges at the bar, and the bartender would not give him credit for a Coke. Mark promised to pay the next day.

    • D.

      He was supposed to work as a dishwasher that night, but wanted to take time off to go on a date. He had his girlfriend pretend to be his mother, and call in sick for him.

    Correct Answer
    C. He had three dollars of unpaid charges at the bar, and the bartender would not give him credit for a Coke. Mark promised to pay the next day.
    Explanation
    Bryon's problem at the bar was that he had three dollars of unpaid charges and the bartender refused to give him credit for a Coke. However, he solved this problem by promising to pay the next day, indicating that he would settle the unpaid charges at a later time.

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  • 2. 

    Mark lived with Bryon and his mother.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Mark lived with Bryon and his mother. The statement is true because it states that Mark lived with both Bryon and his mother.

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  • 3. 

    How did Bryon describe the relationship between himself and Mark?

    • A.

      They were casual acquaintances.

    • B.

      They used to be friends, but weren't any more.

    • C.

      They were good friends.

    • D.

      They were like brothers.

    Correct Answer
    D. They were like brothers.
    Explanation
    Bryon described the relationship between himself and Mark as being like brothers. This suggests that they had a very close and deep bond, similar to that of siblings.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following does not describe M&M?

    • A.

      He was very serious, with a wide-eyed, trusting look on his face.

    • B.

      He wore an old army jacket, moccasins, and a peace symbol around his neck.

    • C.

      He was eleven years old.

    • D.

      He had grey eyes and long, charcoal colored hair.

    Correct Answer
    C. He was eleven years old.
  • 5. 

    What 'talent' did Mark have, and what happened to him because of it?

    • A.

      He could pick any lock. He had broken into a store and had gone to a reform school for a year.

    • B.

      He could read upside down. He was able to look at papers on teachers' desks, and read test answers from other students' papers. So far he had not been caught, but his ability helped him get good grades.

    • C.

      He could imitate voices. He made a lot of prank phone calls. The phone company traced the calls and threatened to disconnect his service if he did not stop it.

    • D.

      He could hot-wire anything and have been caught stealing a car. Now he was on probation and had to see the probation officer weekly.

    Correct Answer
    D. He could hot-wire anything and have been caught stealing a car. Now he was on probation and had to see the probation officer weekly.
    Explanation
    Mark had the talent of being able to hot-wire anything, which means he could start a car without using a key. However, he got caught stealing a car and as a result, he is now on probation and has to meet with his probation officer every week. This suggests that his talent for hot-wiring cars led him to engage in criminal activities and face legal consequences.

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  • 6. 

    Curly had a grudge against Bryon because Bryon got the girl Curly wanted.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Curly had a grudge against Bryon because Bryon got the girl Curly wanted. However, the correct answer is False. This means that Curly did not have a grudge against Bryon for that reason. We can infer that there might be another reason for Curly's grudge, or it could be that Curly did not have a grudge against Bryon at all.

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  • 7. 

    Bryon and Mark saved someone from being jumped, and now they were going to do the same thing to someone else. This person said their attitude made them sick. Who was it?

    • A.

      Bryon's mother

    • B.

      M&M

    • C.

      Charlie

    • D.

      Curtis

    Correct Answer
    B. M&M
    Explanation
    The person who said their attitude made them sick refers to M&M. This can be inferred from the information given in the question, where Bryon and Mark saved someone from being jumped and now they were going to do the same thing to someone else. Since M&M is the only option mentioned in the question, it can be concluded that M&M is the one who made the statement about their attitude.

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  • 8. 

    Where did Mark and Bryon get the money to pay Charlie?

    • A.

      M&M loaned it to them.

    • B.

      They broke into a few vending machines.

    • C.

      Bryon took it from his mother's wallet.

    • D.

      Mark got it from Curly's friend when he jumped him.

    Correct Answer
    D. Mark got it from Curly's friend when he jumped him.
    Explanation
    Mark and Bryon obtained the money to pay Charlie by Mark getting it from Curly's friend when he jumped him. This implies that Mark used force or intimidation to take the money from Curly's friend.

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  • 9. 

    What transportation did Bryon and Mark use to visit her?

    • A.

      They hitched a ride with a hippie in a Volkswagen bus.

    • B.

      They walked.

    • C.

      They stole a car and drove themselves.

    • D.

      They hid on a train and got a free ride.

    Correct Answer
    A. They hitched a ride with a hippie in a Volkswagen bus.
    Explanation
    Bryon and Mark used a hippie in a Volkswagen bus to visit her.

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  • 10. 

    What happened while Bryon was visiting his mother?

    • A.

      He met his mother's boss.

    • B.

      He met Cathy.

    • C.

      He got offered a part-time job.

    • D.

      He was attacked by a security dog and had to get stitches and a rabies shot.

    Correct Answer
    B. He met Cathy.
    Explanation
    While visiting his mother, Bryon had the opportunity to meet Cathy. The question is asking about an event that occurred during his visit, and out of the given options, meeting Cathy is the only event that is mentioned. Therefore, it can be inferred that meeting Cathy is what happened while Bryon was visiting his mother.

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  • 11. 

    What did Bryon learn about Mike Chambers?

    • A.

      A group of black boys beat him up after he helped a black girl.

    • B.

      He had been in jail for hitting someone over the head with a bottle.

    • C.

      He lived in a commune and studied English at the local college.

    • D.

      He wanted to marry Bryon's mother.

    Correct Answer
    A. A group of black boys beat him up after he helped a black girl.
    Explanation
    Bryon learned that Mike Chambers was beaten up by a group of black boys after he helped a black girl.

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  • 12. 

    What did Mark think about Mike Chambers?

    • A.

      He thought Mike was very brave.

    • B.

      He thought Mike was insane.

    • C.

      He thought Mike was stupid.

    • D.

      He thought Mike was a liar.

    Correct Answer
    C. He thought Mike was stupid.
    Explanation
    Mark's opinion of Mike Chambers is that he considered him to be unintelligent.

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  • 13. 

    Charlie said Bryon was honest in most ways, except one. In what area was Bryon dishonest?

    • A.

      Bryon stole things.

    • B.

      Bryon cheated in school.

    • C.

      Bryon lied a lot.

    • D.

      Bryon mistreated his girlfriends.

    Correct Answer
    A. Bryon stole things.
    Explanation
    In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now" by S.E. Hinton, the character Bryon is depicted as being generally honest in most aspects of his life, but he has a tendency to steal things. This means that he engages in theft, taking items that do not belong to him without permission. This aspect of his behavior is highlighted as a flaw in his character, and it serves as a source of tension and conflict in the story. It reflects his complex and sometimes morally ambiguous nature, as he struggles with his own sense of right and wrong in the challenging environment portrayed in the novel.

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  • 14. 

    How did Bryon feel about Curtis, and why?

    • A.

      He couldn't stand Curtis. He said Curtis was conceited.

    • B.

      He liked Curtis and wanted to be friends.

    • C.

      He was jealous because Curtis had a lot of money.

    • D.

      He made fun of Curtis because he didn't like to fight.

    Correct Answer
    A. He couldn't stand Curtis. He said Curtis was conceited.
    Explanation
    Bryon had a negative opinion of Curtis and did not like him. He described Curtis as conceited, indicating that he found him arrogant or full of himself. This suggests that Bryon had a dislike for Curtis and did not want to be around him.

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  • 15. 

    Mark said Bryon didn't like Curtis because Angela dumped Bryon to make a play for Curtis.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Mark believes Bryon doesn't like Curtis because Angela ended her relationship with Bryon and pursued a romantic connection with Curtis instead. This implies that Bryon may harbor negative feelings towards Curtis due to this romantic rivalry. Hence, the statement can be considered true based on Mark's perspective.

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  • 16. 

    Who criticized M&M about his hair and his grades?

    • A.

      His teachers did.

    • B.

      Cathy did.

    • C.

      His friends, including Bryon and Mark, did.

    • D.

      His father did.

    Correct Answer
    D. His father did.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "His father did." This is because the question asks who criticized M&M about his hair and his grades, and out of the given options, only his father is mentioned as criticizing him.

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  • 17. 

    What made Bryon feel hot and cold and sick and mad, all at once, for a second?

    • A.

      Mark made a pass at Cathy.

    • B.

      Cathy said Mark was beautiful.

    • C.

      Cathy told Bryon he was not good enough for her.

    • D.

      Angela told Cathy that Bryon was not a good choice for a boyfriend.

    Correct Answer
    B. Cathy said Mark was beautiful.
    Explanation
    Bryon felt hot and cold and sick and mad, all at once, for a second because Cathy's comment about Mark being beautiful made him feel jealous and insecure. He may have felt a mixture of anger, frustration, and sadness, as he may have interpreted Cathy's comment as a sign that she was attracted to Mark and not interested in him. This sudden rush of emotions could have caused him to feel physically uncomfortable and overwhelmed.

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  • 18. 

    What happened to Mark, and why?

    • A.

      He got caught trying to steal liquor from a car in the school parking lot. The owner of the car beat him up.

    • B.

      He was not properly dressed for the dance and was not allowed in.

    • C.

      A cute girl asked him to dance. She picked his pocket while they were dancing, then left him. Later he learned that Curly had set him up.

    • D.

      Mark was trying to protect Curtis from a boy who was attacking him. The attacker turned on Mark and hit him over the head with a bottle.

    Correct Answer
    D. Mark was trying to protect Curtis from a boy who was attacking him. The attacker turned on Mark and hit him over the head with a bottle.
    Explanation
    Mark was trying to protect Curtis from a boy who was attacking him. The attacker turned on Mark and hit him over the head with a bottle. This explains what happened to Mark and why he got injured.

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  • 19. 

    Curtis hot-wired Charlie's car and drove Cathy to the hospital.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that Curtis illegally started Charlie's car without using a key and drove Cathy to the hospital. This suggests that Curtis acted without permission or authority, potentially indicating criminal behavior. Therefore, the answer "True" is correct as it accurately reflects the information given in the statement.

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