76 pages 2 hours read

Nick Hornby

About a Boy

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1998

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. B (Various chapters)

2. A (Various chapters)

3. C (Various chapters)

4. C (Various chapters)

5. D (Various chapters)

6. B (Various chapters)

7. D (Chapter 24)

8. B (Chapters 8-10)

9. A (Various chapters)

10. D (Chapter 34)

11. C (Various chapters)

12. A (Various chapters)

13. B (Various chapters)

14. D (Various chapters)

15. C (Various chapters)

Long Answer

1. When Fiona’s depression deepens and she is no longer able to take care of Marcus, Marcus is forced to seek support from outside sources. This begins with his friendship with Will, which transforms his life, and evolves into Marcus’s willingness to approach his peers and develop friendships with them for the first time. Marcus also learns that he is not responsible for his mother’s mental health. (Various chapters)

2. During his relationship with Rachel, Will learns to be open and honest about who he is and to acknowledge his flaws. He realizes that he can be himself and still be loved. He also commits to Rachel and wants to marry her by the novel’s conclusion. All of this shows that Marcus was able to help Will open up, resolve his inner conflicts, and finally become part of a social support system.

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