87 pages 2 hours read

Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2004

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. A (Various chapters)

2. B (All chapters)

3. C (Chapter 3)

4. B (Various chapters)

5. C (Chapter 5)

6. B (Chapter 7)

7. D (All chapters)

8. B (Various chapters)

9. B (All chapters)

10. C (Various chapters)

Long Answer

1. This novel is written in a first-person narration style with Steven as the narrator. Since Steven’s brother has cancer, the reader learns about the difficulty of chronic illness from the perspective of a close family member. This also means that readers are limited to the knowledge that Steven has at the time of narration, which creates suspense and allows readers to empathize more with the characters and their struggles. (All chapters)

2. The novel’s title refers to the main interests in Steven’s life: his love of drums, his growing interest in girls, and the “dangerous pie.” The last item represents Steven’s growing relationship with his brother, which he comes to realize is more important than music or girlfriends. (All chapters)