Paper Boy

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1. What does Little Man do for his best friend Rat during the month of July?
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He took over his paper delivery route for the paper while Rat was away visiting relatives on a farm.
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2. What was it that made Little Man the most nervous about his job of delivering the paper for the month?
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At the end of each week he had to collect money from the customers and he was afraid he would have a hard time doing that because he stutters.
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3. Who was Ara T?
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He was a junkman who pushed his cart up and down the alleys and did odd jobs for white people.
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4. What did Little Man find out about Mrs. Worthington over the few weeks on his route?
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That she was probably an alcoholic.
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5. What did he find out about TV boy?
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That he was deaf and he watched TV so that he could learn to read lips.
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6. What four words did Mr. Spiro write on the four corners of a dollar bill before giving one quarter to Little Man each week?
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Student, Servant, Seller and Seeker.
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7. When mam took off from work for two days what did Little Man think happened to her? What did he find out happened later in the book.
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He thought that Ara T must have done something to her to give her a broken nose and two black eyes. At the end of the book it tells of how he killed her little brother.
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8. Why did Little Man give Ara T. his knife with a yellow handle and 50 cents?
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He wanted Ara T. to sharpen the knife for him and Ara T. told him he needed 50 cents to buy oil to help him sharpen it.
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9. What is the technique called that Little Man’s speech therapist has taught him in order to help with his stutter?
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Gentle Air.
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10. What punctuation marks does Little Man say he hates in Chapters while reading?
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Commas.
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11. What two reasons does Little Man say that be \”would be glad to be grown-up\” for?
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He hopes to outgrow his stutter, and he hopes to be about to figure out what to do with his feelings when he is older.
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12. What does Little Man notice Ara T is wearing when Ara T turns and starts to attack him?
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Little Man’s watch
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13. What two foods does Little Man associate Ara T smelling like?
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Vienna sausage and red onions
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14. Where does Mam instruct Little Man to hide when she goes into the bar to look for Ara T?
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In Ata T’s cart under a tarp.
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15. What one thing did Little Man find of great interest and confusion in his mother’s hat box in her private closet?
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There was a copy of his birth certificate which stated that his father was unknown.
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16. What did Mrs. Worthington call Little Man that made him feel uncomfortable?
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Sweetie
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17. When Little Man was late coming home one night after collecting for the papers what did she tell Little Man?
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She said she could \”hear the haints nearby\” She said they are like ghosts but you can’t see them.
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18. When Mam and Little Man had their picture taken at the zoo what kind of hats did they wear?
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Mam wore a big floppy hat with peacock feathers and Little Man wore a cowboy hat.
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19. When Little Man entered the bar to see what was happening with Mam what did he see?
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Ara T was holding Mam up against the wall and choking her.
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20. What weapon did Mam use to finally stop Ara T?
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Little Man’s yellow pocket knife.

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