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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old is Phillip when the family moves to Memphis?
(a) 21.
(b) 20.
(c) 15.
(d) 13.

2. While in high school, what does Phillip begin collecting?
(a) Comics and action heros.
(b) Rare books and first editions.
(c) Baseball and football trading cards.
(d) LP's and 45's.

3. To what does Phillip's mother compare the family's move to Memphis?
(a) The Trail of Tears.
(b) A slow moving wagon train.
(c) The trip of a lifetime.
(d) The long and winding road.

4. What nickname do the women in town have for George Carver?
(a) Napoleon.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Mr. Jones.
(d) Mr. Bonaparte.

5. What does Phillip ask his mother to give him from her dressing table?
(a) A gold pendant in the shape of a four leaf clover.
(b) A pearl necklace.
(c) A gold ring.
(d) A pair of diamond earrings.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phillip believes Alex cannot see that underneath Betsy and Josephine's stated love for their father lies what other emotion?

2. What city is described as a "land oriented" city?

3. Who does Mr. Carver talk to concerning his plans to interfere with Phillip's marriage?

4. What name does Alex use for addressing Mrs. Carver?

5. What sports do the girls take up in Memphis?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 4, thirteen year-old Phillip introduces us to his first serious girl friend. Who is the young girl he falls in love with and how does he describe her? What develops in their relationship, and how does it end?

2. In Chapter 6, Betsy describes one evening at the Blue Moon when Mr. Carver arrives with a group of six people all of whom are much younger than he. What happens that evening to Mr. Carver?

3. Of all the Carver children, the least is said about Georgie. In Chapter 4, what information is revealed about Georgie? How would one describe Georgie and who he is in the Carver family?

4. In Chapter 5, Phillip describes his summer at Fort Oglethorpe. What was this summer like for him? Why has he chosen this summer in particular to describe in detail?

5. In Chapter 3, Phillip describes how Betsy and Josephine settle into their lives in Memphis after their failed engagements. He speaks with some pride about their accomplishments. What are those accomplishments? What type of life have Betsy and Josephine made for themselves in Memphis?

6. In Chapter 1, the narrator begins the story with an explanation of the perils of a widower with middle-aged children,dating. What is the major issue faced by the widower? What examples of this situation does the narrator provide?

7. In Chapter 4, Phillip discusses Alex's concerns about Mr. Carver. Phillip listens, but thinks that Alex may not know his sisters as well as he thinks he does. What does Alex fear will happen to Mr. Carver and why? How does Phillip see the situation?

8. In Chapter 2, Phillip gives a detailed account of the traveling party on their way from Nashville to Memphis. Who went to Memphis that day? How many cars were in the caravan? Who did Betsy drive with to Memphis and why? What people outside of the immediate family moved to Memphis? Why did Father arrange for everyone in the caravan to move together?

9. At the end of Chapter 1, Phillip gives a detailed explanation of how the family's move to Memphis affected every member of the family. Who appears to have handled the transition the best? For whom was it the hardest? Discuss the impact on each of the four children and Mr. and Mrs. Carver.

10. In Chapter 3, Phillip talks at length about what his sisters have done for both himself and his brother, Georgie. What have they done for their brothers to help them in their lives? What have they potentially sacrificed by helping their brothers in this way? How do the two women continue to take care of their father after the boys leave home?

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