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. Why does Grandma believe Mary Alice will not get beat up?

2. Mildred intends to do what by following Mary Alice?

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

4. Mary Alice has a Halloween party at school, and Grandma decides to do what?

5. After school, how does Mildred follow Mary Alice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Grandma do instead of participating in the sharpshooting competition? Why might she do this?

5. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

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

7. What is theme is strong in this section? Support your response with information from this section.

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

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

10. What does Grandma do when she arrives at the Pensingers' residence? Why does she do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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