A Year Down Yonder Test | Mid-Book 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. Like a typical bully, what does Mary Alice's desk mate demand from Mary Alice?

2. Where does Grandma make Bootsie live?

3. Mary Alice is enrolled as a __________.

4. At _____________ o' clock, everyone stops to observe a minute of silence for Armistice Day.

5. The pies turn the party from _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grandma do when she arrives at the Pensingers' residence? Why does she do this?

2. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

3. What does Mary Alice bring to Grandma's house? Why does she bring this?

4. How does Grandma greet Mary Alice? Why might she act this way?

5. How does Grandma handle these pranksters?

6. How does Grandma defeat Mildred, the bully? What lesson does this teach Mary Alice?

7. How does Mary Alice react to Mildred's plan for getting her dollar from Mary Alice? What does this reveal about her?

8. How does Mildred go about attempting to collect the dollar from Mary Alice? What does this reveal about Mildred?

9. Why is Mary Alice afraid at night in her room? How does she deal with this fear?

10. What does Grandma do instead of participating in the sharpshooting competition? Why might she do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Armistice Day is an important day in this town.

Part 1) What is the purpose of Armistice Day? How does this town celebrate this day? How are these celebrations important? Why is this day especially important to Grandma?

Part 2) What holidays in our own culture today serve a similar purpose? How are these holidays important? How do you celebrate these holidays? Do you believe most ways in which Americans celebrate these holidays are adequate and reflect the purpose of these holidays? Why or why not?

Part 3) How has war been a significant aspect of American culture? Why? How has war been a constant part of human interaction throughout time? What does this reveal about humans?

Essay Topic 2

The first section begins a pattern that repeats throughout the rest of the book.

Part 1) What is this pattern? How is this pattern significant? What theme does this pattern support? What characters does this pattern and theme affect? How are they affected?

Part 2) How is this pattern and theme relevant to your own life? How can you relate to the characters in this book through this theme?

Part 3) What is another book you have read or story you have heard that has this same theme? Is this a universal theme? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

This book is a work of historical fiction.

Part 1) What details in the book make it a work of historical fiction? How are these details important to the story? How are they also important to the reader? Would this boo be as enticing and engaging without these historical facts? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why might someone choose to write a work of historical fiction? What is the purpose of all works of historical fiction? What is your opinion of historical fiction? Why? Has your opinion of historical fiction been influenced by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is your favorite genre? Why?

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