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. After school, how does Mildred follow Mary Alice?

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

3. Instead, what does Grandma do?

4. Next, Grandma and Mary Alice travel to the _______________ residence.

5. At lunch, Grandma becomes the unofficial ______________ for the burgoo.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?

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

3. How do Ina-Rae and Mary Alice get back at Carleen? Why do they do it in this way?

4. How does Mary Alice finally take a chance and ask Royce over to visit? How does Grandma feel about this? Why?

5. What newspaper column does Mary Alice write? Why might she do this?

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

7. Who joins Mary Alice and Grandma in the cellar? What does this reveal about Grandma?

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

9. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Daughters of the American Revolution meeting is used as a lesson.

Part 1) Describe the events leading up to the DAR meeting. Why is Grandma asked to participate? Initially, why did you believe she wanted to hold the meeting at her home? What takes place at this meeting? How was this foreshadowed?

Part 2) Why does Grandma decide to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? How is this lesson taught in typical Grandma fashion? Should she have put Mrs. Weidenbach in her place like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe Mrs. Weidenbach learned a lesson? Why or why not? Might there have been a better way to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? If so, how? If not, why not?

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