A Year Down Yonder Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. With whom does Mary Alice share a room?

2. Grandma, acting quite polite, does what?

3. How does Grandma know that the horse was not even Mildred's?

4. Before Grandma leaves, about what does she warn Mary Alice?

5. In a dank basement, they discover ______________, who is doubling as a janitor.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandma raise money for Mrs. Abernathy? Is this a good tactic? Why or why not?

2. How can Mary Alice now find out who the pranksters were?

3. What is Armistice Day? What is a holiday that we have that serves a similar purpose? What is the purpose of this holiday?

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

5. What warning does Grandma give Mary Alice before she leaves her at school? What does this warning foreshadow?

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

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

8. How does Grandma handle these pranksters?

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

10. Describe Halloween in this town. Why might it be like this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many in this town are stingy.

Part 1) Describe four characters in this town who are stingy. Why are they stingy? Would they be stingy if the economy were better? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does Grandma encourage these characters to be more giving? Are her tactics morally correct? Why or why not? What other tactics might be as successful? How?

Part 3) Would you consider yourself to be a stingy person? Why or why not? How can you be more giving to others? How can you and others benefit from your increased ability to give?

Essay Topic 2

A "dangerous man" arrives in town.

Part 1) Who is this man? Describe him and the reason he is in town. Why might people of this town consider him dangerous? How do these fears affect the way they treat him? How does Grandma take advantage of this? Why does she do this?

Part 2) Describe the event that leads the citizens of this town to like him even less? Is he to blame for this surprising and shocking incident? Why or why not? Why does the town see him as guilty?

Part 3) How does Grandma help to turn the town's opinion around regarding this man? Why does she want to help him? What does this turn-around reinforce about this town?

Essay Topic 3

The Christmas season brings many surprises.

Part 1) What are the Christmas season surprises? How does each surprise come about? How are these surprises significant to the plot and/or character development?

Part 2) How is surprise an important aspect of this book? What other surprises take place throughout this book? What are the purposes of all these surprises? How are various characters change by the surprises in this story?

Part 3) What surprises have been significant in your own life? How have you been changed by surprise events? How can you relate to the characters in this book, regarding surprising events?

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