A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Haven Kimmel
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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. When Ruth Huff died, how many animals were in her house?

2. When Daniel saw Melinda sitting on the edge of the tub fully dressed after he'd been waiting to get into the bathroom, what did he do to Melinda?

3. What television actor was Zippy deeply and tragically in love with?

4. What deformity, according to Zippy's mom, was she born with that they had removed?

5. Why, according to the author, is there so little information about Mooreland during the 60s and 70s?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think Doc Holiday really thought of Zippy?

2. How did Zippy get her name? Why did the nickname stick?

3. Why do you think Zippy's mom was absent during the night of the "dog-sitting?"

4. How did Kai check on everyone at bedtime?

5. How did the dog Kai protect Zippy when she was a child? What does this say about the general opinion of animals in this household?

6. What deal did Zippy and her dad reach about the pink Bible?

7. How did Zippy's interviews go with her mother?

8. What was the only reason Melinda thought anyone would ever read a book about Mooreland, Indiana?

9. Explain the cure for the illness Zippy had as a child. How does this information put the story in context for the year it occurred?

10. Why did Zippy's neighbor Reed threaten to kill her dogs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who wrote the letter to Zippy at Christmas and what did it mean for Zippy? What do you think the author of the letter meant by "Thank you for not losing faith" and "Thank you for being so brave tonight"?

Essay Topic 2

When did Zippy's mother show her independence? Do you think she returned to college? What do you think happened after Zippy's mother left that day on her bike? How do you think it changed the relationship between the mother and father?

Essay Topic 3

Does the author believe that Mooreland is the same now as it was when she grew up there? What does she say about the current residents? Why do you think she writes this disclaimer in the Prologue of the book? What, in Zippy's personality, is the author trying to protect when she does this?

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