by Jerry Spinelli
Maniac Magee: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Maniac Magee? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does Mr. Beale know that Maniac can't live in the house he says is his?
It's actually Mr. Beale's sisters house.
The family that lives in the house is black, not white.
It's actually a McDonalds.
It's an empty lot.
Q. Why is Maniac sent to live with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan?
His parents were both stationed overseas in the Army.
His parents were adventurers who got lost trekking to the South Pole.
His parents were killed in a trolley accident crossing the Schuylkill river.
His parents didn't want him anymore.
Q. Why does Maniac stay with the McNabs?
He feels responsible for Russell and Piper.
He really likes the hole in the living room ceiling.
He and Big John are best friends.
He thinks it smells really good.
Q. What is the first overt act of prejudice that Maniac experiences while living in the East End with the Beales?
Graffiti on the front of the house saying "FISHBELLY GO HOME"
The old man yelling at him at the fire hydrant
Getting kicked out of church
Seeing Amanda Beale's book get vandalized
Q. Why does Maniac abandon his aunt and uncle?
They would only let him wear purple.
They were really really mean to him.
He wanted to join the circus and they wouldn't let him.
They refused to speak to or have any interaction with each other.