Plot Who Said It? Characters Figurative Language Why?

100

Why do Major, Sonny and Hollis beat up Alfred at the end of chapter 1?
They think he set them up by deliberately not telling them about the silent alarm at the Epsteins' store.

100

Who is Mr. Donatelli?
He said, "It won't be easy, and nothing is promised you."

100

Who is Red?
He is the hot-tempered Irish guy at the gym.

100

What is a simile?
“Pain shot up Alfred’s wrist and exploded in his shoulder. Griffin went down and flopped over like a rag doll.”

100

What is check Alfred’s motivation? (And/or what is inspiring motivation to persevere in Alfred’s mind?)
Mr. Donatelli asked Alfred why he quit school in the 11th grade for this reason.

200

What did Major use as "bait" to get Alfred to attend the party in the clubroom?
Major told Alfred that James was going to be there.

200

Who is Bud Martin?
He said, "Don't tell the boss; everyone gets a second chance around here."

200

Who is Bud Martin?
He is Donatelli's long-time assistant and trainer.

200

What is personification?
“They were friendly old steps. ”

200

What is Alfred didn’t want to be arrested for being in a stolen car?
Alfred ran away from the car at Coney Island for this reason.

300

What is boxing?
Lou Epstein and Alfred not only work together, they are/were involved in this.

300

Who is James?
He said, "You and me, we're partners, Alfred."

300

Who is Aunt Pearl?
She is also Alfred’s guardian.

300

What is a metaphor?
“Angel began chattering in machine-gun Spanish.”

300

What is Alfred wanted to prove to himself that he is a contender in boxing and in life?
Alfred changed his mind and did not quit boxing before a fight for this reason.

400

What is backed down?
Major pulled a knife and threatened to give Alfred a squealer scar, but Alfred didn’t relent. Major did this next.

400

Who is Willie Streeter?
He said, "If you can't stand a little blood, I'll get me a manager who can."

400

Who is James?
During the story, this friend of Alfred’s makes decisions that take his life to dark, sad places.

400

What is a simile?
“The 16-ounce sparring gloves felt like lead pillows.”

400

Why did Donatelli want Alfred to quit boxing?
He didn't have the "killer instinct" and isn't good enough to box without it.

500

What is “could I have been a contender?”
A few days after going with Major to Coney Island in a stolen car, Alfred starts to quit boxing and asks Donatelli this question.

500

Who is Donatelli?
He said “It’s the climbing that makes the man. Getting to the top is an extra reward.”

500

Who is Major?
He led James into trouble and drugs.

500

What is hyperbole?
"It seemed like hours before he pushed out the mouthpiece, . . . "

500

Am I a contender?
After Alfred’s third fight, Mr. Donatelli says “It’s time.” Alfred wants a fourth fight to answer this question.

The Contender

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