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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. At _____________ o' clock, everyone stops to observe a minute of silence for Armistice Day.
2. What is Augie Fluke intent on proving to Mary Alice?
3. This farmer told Grandma she could have any ___________ that fell from his tree, but hardly any are on the ground.
4. With whom does Mary Alice share a room?
5. Mary Alice accompanies Grandma upstairs for what reason?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Grandma think about Halloween? Why does she feel this way? Why would the reader probably not be surprised by this?
2. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?
3. How does Grandma raise money for Mrs. Abernathy? Is this a good tactic? Why or why not?
4. What happens to Bootsie one night? Why does this happen?
5. How does Mary Alice react to Mildred's plan for getting her dollar from Mary Alice? What does this reveal about her?
6. How does Grandma greet Mary Alice? Why might she act this way?
7. Describe Halloween in this town. Why might it be like this?
8. What is theme is strong in this section? Support your response with information from this section.
9. What warning does Grandma give Mary Alice before she leaves her at school? What does this warning foreshadow?
10. What does Grandma do when she arrives at the Pensingers' residence? Why does she do this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mary Alice is the main character.
Part 1) Describe Mary Alice. How does she change throughout the story? Why does she change? How do other characters in this story also change? What is Mary Alice's relationship with other main characters in the story?
Part 2) Mary Alice is also the narrator of the story. How does her narration affect the knowledge of the reader? How does it also influence the reader's opinion of other characters? How different might the story be if the narrator were not a character in the story? How different might the story be if Grandma was the narrator?
Part 3) What is learned about Middle America during the Great Depression through Mary Alice's eyes? Has this affected your view of life in the 1930s? If so, how? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 2
Mildred Burdick is a bully.
Part 1) How is Mildred a bully? Why is she a bully? How has this bad behavior been passed down through the generations in the Burdick family?
Part 2) How are others affected by Mildred's behavior? What happens to Mildred by the end of the book? What does this say about bullies? What might this also reveal about the author's opinion of bullies?
Part 3) How have you been affected by bullying? How have you dealt with bullying? How has society worked toward stopping bullying? Has it been successful? 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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