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. Mary Alice has to share a desk with whom?

2. While Mildred is eating, Grandma walks outside on the pretense that she is doing what?

3. Because of Grandma's intimidation tactics at lunch, Mrs. Abernathy will be able to survive for how long?

4. Wordlessly, Grandma stews up some _______ on the stove.

5. The narrator, Mary Alice, gets off the train, and, beyond a few clothes, her only possessions are her cat ____________ and her radio.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?

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

4. What has happened to Mrs. Abernathy's son? Is this still seen today? Why or why not?

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

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

7. How does Grandma handle these pranksters?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A tornado hits the town.

Part 1) Describe the events surrounding the tornado. How did this tornado affect the citizens of this town? Why did the author have a tornado touch down in this town? What is revealed through this natural disaster?

Part 2) What other major events take place in this story? How are these events important? How do they affect the plot and the characters?

Part 3) What events have been significant in your own life? How have these events affected you? How do these events compare to the events in this story?

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