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. One night, Mary Alice is shocked to discover what about Bootsie?

2. Mrs. Pensinger comes back for seconds on what?

3. Until the family recovers financially, the narrator will have to live with ________________ in an unnamed town.

4. What does Grandma think of this holiday?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandma trick Mildred? What does this reveal about her?

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

3. Describe the events surrounding Augie's attempt to impress Mary Alice. What does this reinforce about his character?

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

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

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

7. How does Grandma get back at Old Man Nyquist? Should she have done this? Why or why not?

8. What is a main reason for why Mary Alice does not want to move in with her grandmother? Why might she feel this way?

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

10. How has Bootsie changed since he moved in with Grandma? What has led to this change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The main part of the story ends in celebration.

Part 1) Describe this celebration. How is this celebration important to the people of this town? What other celebrations also take place in this story? Why? How are celebrations an important part of life in this town? Why?

Part 2) How do these celebrations balance out the struggles these people face? How might this have been exceptionally important during the 1930s throughout the United States?

Part 3) How are celebrations important today? What specific holidays are particularly important in one's life today? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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