A Corner of the Universe Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Hattie's first job of the morning?

2. Hattie thinks that Adam looks like ______________.

3. Why does Adam return to the boardinghouse later that day?

4. When Adam eats too fast at dinner, Nana tells him to _____________________.

5. Why does Hattie's father say that they never told her about Adam?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hattie mean when she says "before Adam" or "after Adam"?

2. Why does Hattie decide not to ask Nana to take her to the movies?

3. What does Adam mean when he says that Hattie is the kind of person who can "lift the corner of the universe"?

4. Why does Nana think that her daughter "married beneath her"?

5. How does Adam's recollection of Hattie's birthday serve as foreshadowing in the story?

6. What does Hattie mean when she says she hates her porch and what is Adam's perspective on her feelings?

7. Explain why Adam has a difficult time maintaining his composure during dinner.

8. What are the three rules of the Owen family's boardinghouse?

9. Hattie refuses to go with Betsy's family on their Maine vacations--what is more enjoyable for her during the Summers?

10. Why does Dad's being an artist put a strain on Hattie's relationship with Nana?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of tolerance. Identify at least two instances about tolerance in the book and then cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Mom. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Hattie Owen. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

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