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. What did Zippy do with the last egg from her chicken?

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

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

4. Who did Zippy's mom listen to on the television every Sunday?

5. What did Zippy call her most beloved blanket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Zippy confuse the Great Depression with the depression her mother suffered from?

3. 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?

4. What instrument did Zippy what to play and why was it not accepted by the music teacher?

5. Describe the Jarvis's Christmas tree? What does it indicate about their family?

6. By throwing the runt piglet on the pile of dead carcasses, what did Julie show Zippy that she knew?

7. What was Dana's life like at home?

8. How did Zippy view the story about how Julie's parents met, married, and lost their daughter Connie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Zippy tended to exaggerate at certain times in the book. Is there a pattern to this behavior? What is it? When does Zippy exaggerate? How does Zippy exaggerate? Does it add to the story? How?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Julie's not talking to Zippy's not talking? At what stages of their lives did they do this? What is significant about this comparison? What did this say about their friends? How did Zippy know what Julie was thinking?

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