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. Mad, Grandma affixes a spare tire to the front of the farmer's tractor in the barn, and does what?

2. What is humorous about the answer to number 59?

3. What frightens Mary Alice in her room?

4. What does Grandma think of this holiday?

5. For how long does Halloween go on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

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

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

5. What happens to Bootsie one night? Why does this happen?

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

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

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

9. What is Armistice Day? What is a holiday that we have that serves a similar purpose? What is the purpose of this holiday?

10. How does Grandma handle these pranksters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandma lives in a small hick town.

Part 1) Describe this small town and its inhabitants. Why does Mary Alice think she will not like this town? In the end, does Mary Alice end up liking the town? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this town reveal about Americans throughout the country during the 1930s? What aspects of this town are universal and could represent many towns throughout the U.S.?

Part 3) How does this town compare to your own? How have Americans changed since the 1930s? How have they stayed the same? What are possible causes of these similarities and differences?

Essay Topic 2

The Christmas season brings many surprises.

Part 1) What are the Christmas season surprises? How does each surprise come about? How are these surprises significant to the plot and/or character development?

Part 2) How is surprise an important aspect of this book? What other surprises take place throughout this book? What are the purposes of all these surprises? How are various characters change by the surprises in this story?

Part 3) What surprises have been significant in your own life? How have you been changed by surprise events? How can you relate to the characters in this book, regarding surprising events?

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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