A Long Way from Chicago Test | Final Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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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. How much money does Grandma Dowdel demand the banker give to each of her grandchildren in "Things with Wings"?

2. What kind of dancing lessons has Mary Alice been taking in "Centennial Summer"?

3. What are the instructions for gentlemen on the new banner at the train station in "Centennial Summer"?

4. How late does Joe Dowdel's train leave the station in "The Troop Train"?

5. What is one of the major recurring themes in A Long Way from Chicago?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the sign say that greets Joey and Mary Alice when they arrive at Grandma's town in “Centennial Summer"?

2. What exchange do Mary Alice and Joey witness between Vandalia Eubanks and her mother at the Coffee Pot Cafe in “The Phantom Brakeman”?

3. Where does Grandma take Joey and Mary Alice to see a movie in “Things with Wings"? What do they see?

4. What car is sitting outside of Veech's Gas and Oil in “Things with Wings"? How does Joey describe the car?

5. What noise does Joey hear from Mary Alice's bedroom at night in “The Phantom Brakeman”?

6. How is the theme of friendship developed in the stories from A Long Way from Chicago?

7. How old are Mary Alice and Joey when they visit Grandma Dowdel in “Centennial Summer"? How have they grown as characters?

8. How is Uncle Grady Griswold described in “Centennial Summer"?

9. How has Grandma Dowdel's demeanor changed in the beginning of “Things with Wings"? Why?

10. What does the narrator say about John Dillinger in “Things with Wings"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the setting of “Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night above Ground.” In what year does this story take place? How would you describe the mood and atmosphere established through the setting in the story? Where does Grandma Dowdel live?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism and imagery in "The Troop Train." What does Joey anticipate and what does he witness when he passes through Grandma Dowdel's town? What is symbolized by this imagery? What does it mean to Joey?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the characters of O. B. Dickerson and Earl T. Askew in the book. What are the actions, objectives, and obstacles of the characters? How would you describe Grandma Dowdel's relationship with these characters? What are Joey and Mary Alice's perceptions of these characters?

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