Mid-Book Test - Hard
|Name: _____________________________||Period: ___________________________|
This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Halloween is a _________ occasion in Grandma's town.
2. Why does Grandma do this with the tractor?
3. What has broken the narrator and her mother?
4. Who is the son of the principal?
5. The _____________ family are notoriously bad people.
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Grandma continue to taunt the pranksters during the party? How might the pranksters feel about this?
2. What is the most important part of the Christmas program? Why is it surprising that Mary Alice is chosen to play an important role in this? Why might she have been chosen?
3. Why is Mary Alice afraid at night in her room? How does she deal with this fear?
4. What is a main reason for why Mary Alice does not want to move in with her grandmother? Why might she feel this way?
5. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?
6. How does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?
7. Describe the events surrounding Augie's attempt to impress Mary Alice. What does this reinforce about his character?
8. How is Mary Alice's date interrupted? How is this foreshadowed?
9. How has Mary Alice's relationship with the other girls changed? In what ways has it stayed the same?
10. How does Grandma defeat Mildred, the bully? What lesson does this teach Mary Alice?
After arriving in town, Mary Alice is directly taken to high school.
Part 1) Describe Mary Alice's high school experience. How does it compare to your own school experiences? How was school in the 1930s like school today? How was it different?
Part 2) How does school become an important place for Mary Alice? How is she changed by her experiences at this school? Are these changes good or bad? Why?
Part 3) How have your school experiences changed you? Do you believe attending school is an important part of one's childhood? Why or why not?
Pride is a theme.
Part 1) What is pride? How is this a theme in this story? What role does Grandma play in this theme? Why? How is this a universal theme?
Part 2) How can you relate to this theme? When has pride been an important theme in your own life? What can you learn about pride from this story?
Part 3) What other themes are important to this story? How is each theme significant? How are these themes connected to the main characters? How are these themes connected to one another?
Mary Alice and Ina-Rae conspire against Carleen.
Part 1) How do these girls use Valentine's Day to get back at Carleen? Why do they do this? Are they successful? Why or why not? What does this behavior reveal about Mary Alice at this point in the story?
Part 2) How else does Mary Alice begin to take a stand for herself and others throughout this book? Why does she do this? How does her behavior compare to Grandma's?
Part 3) How can you stand up more for yourself and others? Would you consider using tactics similar to those used by Mary Alice and Grandma? Why or why not?
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