"Nothing But The Truth" Test
* For Language Arts Test on Wednesday, October 30th
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Tip About Test:
-Know all of the characters, including Philip, his parents, Miss Narwin, Dr. Palleni, Dr. Doane, Dr. Seymour, Ted Griffen, Allison Dorsett, Ken Barchet, etc.
What is the setting?
The setting is Harrison High School in New Hampshire, U.S.A.
A novel comprised of documents or portions of documents; no direct narrative is given
How does the title "Nothing But The Truth" serve as irony throughout the story?
The title "Nothing But The Truth" serves as irony throughout the story because in the book, the characters constantly twist the truth and even lie a little. The truth changes as it passes from character to character, until it is a full-out lie. Also, many of the characters don't answer questions fully or joke around to cover up the fact that they are not telling the whole truth or swerving around the question asked. The entire book is based on the fact that Philip was suspended for "singing," which is not the truth at all. When news reporters get involved, they get the facts wrong, and spread the wrong information to the public. The truth about Miss Narwin's point of view never gets out because the article is never published by the reporter who interviewed her.
What type of character is Philip, his parents, Miss Narwin, Dr. Palleni, Dr. Doane, and Ted Griffen?
-Philip is a boy who uses his status as a class clown to joke around and get out of getting his work done because he does not want to put in the effort. He is a lazy type of character who likes to do the bare minimum, and usually only puts his best effort into running track.
-Miss Narwin is a long-time teacher who is a rule follower but still fair with her students. If you put in time and effort, your grade will reflect that. If not, you will get a poor grade. This is what Philip's problem is. Miss Narwin is very passionate about her work; teaching; and what she teaches; literature. She also feels that she has become out of touch with her students and wants to become more contemporary and in-touch with them.
-Dr. Palleni is also a rule follower and a no-nonsense kind of man. He does not see why his private information should be shared, and often says "No comment." or hangs up on reporters. He is probably frustrated with the scenario, and asks Philip to apologize, but he won't. Palleni follows protocol and suspends Philip.
-Dr. Doane was one of Miss Narwin's brightest students. She is the principal of Harrison High, and sometimes does not know what is going on, because she has meetings. She seems nice, but at the end, she turns against Miss Narwin, who regarded her as a friend, and has her take a leave, which Miss Narwin was not anticipating.
-Ted Griffen is a "Let's do it!" kind of guy. He took action when Philip and his father told him about the situation. He also became very passionate about patriotism and the rights of a citizen of our country, and when doing so, lost a lot of the correct facts and information in his whirlwind of passionate speeches.
How does the story end? What is your opinion on the ending?
The story ends when Philip transfers to Washington Academy, a private school. There the teacher asks him to lead the class in singing the national anthem. Philip bursts into tears and mumbles "I don't know the words." I like this ending because it is a twist to the story and makes you think about the characters in a different way, especially Philip. On the other hand, it makes me a little mad because I want to know what happened to the other characters and how they fared, as well as Philip. Does he stay at Washington Academy? How do his classmates and teacher react? As for Miss Narwin, I also want to find out her story and what happened during the term she had to take off. There are so many questions swirling around in my head, and I want to find out the answers. Perhaps Avi could write a sequel about the lives of the characters after this book. That would be really interesting, and I would definitely read it!
What does AAP Wire Service stand for?
It stands for American Affiliated Press Wire Service.
How does the humming incident escalate?
The humming incident escalates from a small class disturbance to being on the national news. This happens rather quickly, and in this time, many facts are confused, changed, or even left out altogether. Philip was sent down to the office by causing a "disturbance" by humming the national anthem during Miss Narwin's homeroom class. He did this to annoy Miss Narwin because he wanted to get switched out of her class. This did not happen, and after being sent down to the office twice, Dr. Palleni followed regulations and suspended Philip, but only after asking him if he would apologize. Philip refused, and Dr. Palleni suspended him. Once home, Philip told his parents about it, who were very frustrated, especially Mr. Malloy, who had not been there when Philip was suspended. They went to talk to their neighbor, Ted Griffen, who was running for the school board. He got in contact with an educational reporter who interviewed Philip and put an article in the paper about it. The article was then sent out across the nation and radio talk shows began talking about it as well as other newspapers who published the story. The story changed and they got many of the facts incorrect. It went onto the national news, all in a matter of a very short period of time.
Dr. Seymour is the superintendent who is only concerned about what?
Dr. Seymour is the superintendent who is only concerned about the budget being passed. m
Is the budget passed?
No, the budget is not passed.
What happens to Miss Narwin?
She is asked to take the rest of the term off.
What happens to Philip?
He transfers schools to Washington Academy, a private school.
Does Philip know the words to the national anthem?
It is revealed at the end of the book that Philip does not know the words to the national anthem.
What does the statement sent out by the school say?
It says many things, but it does not support Miss Narwin.
Why is Miss Narwin's story not told?
Miss Narwin's story is not told because there is breaking news that overrides her story.
What is Avi's purpose for writing the novel?
Avi's purpose for writing the nvel was to show multiple view points.
Do Philip's classmates support him at the end of the story?
No. At the end of the story, Philip's classmates do not support him. In fact, a petition is even started by Allison and Ken that they have students sign if they also believe that Philip is wrong and that Miss Narwin is a good, fair teacher, who should not be receiving the blame.
Why does Coach Jamison get upset with Philip at the end of the story?
Coach Jamison gets upset with Philip at the end of the story because Philip makes excuses for his bad behavior. Coach Jamison gave Philip the advice, "To get along you have to go along." Philip refuses to follow this advice and hence gets into trouble and also gets bad grades. Therefore, Philip is not allowed to go out for the track team.
What ends up happening? Does Philip stay in Miss Narwin's class?
Philip gets removed from Miss Narwin's English class. He then asks her for extra work to bring his grade up, but he is too late. She tells him to leave, because this is no longer enrolled in her class.
A Latin phrase meaning "Seize the Day"
To make easier
To serve as a symbol
Giving support, sympathy or courage
To set apart for a particular purpose
A scene or state of wild uproar
Rude in behavior
To spoil by poor work
Not clear or plain
To disregard or overlook
Frank, outspoken, open and sincere
To misunderstand the meaning of
The act of suppressing
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