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. What is burgoo stew?

2. Some ___________ come to the cobhouse and fall over the wire that Grandma strung.

3. They scramble out of there, leaving behind what?

4. Grandma intimidates ________________ into paying more for the stew.

5. Halloween is a _________ occasion in Grandma's town.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the townspeople treat Arnold after this shocking event? Why?

2. Where does Mary Alice go directly after arriving in town? What is happening there when Mary Alice arrives?

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

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

5. What does Grandma do to pay the bills and survive during the Great Depression? How is this foreshadowed?

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

7. How does Grandma defeat Mildred, the bully? What lesson does this teach Mary Alice?

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

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

10. How do the girls react when a new boy enrolls in school? How does Mary Alice act? Why might she act this way?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Grandma is a unique character.

Part 1) Describe your initial thoughts about Grandma. How did your opinion of her change by the end of the book? Why did your opinion change?

Part 2) What issues does Grandma's behavior bring up? What is her opinion of these issues? Why? How does your opinion compare to hers? Are your beliefs questioned by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What would the world be like if more people were like Grandma? Would this be a better place? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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