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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. Grandma comes out of the cobhouse, frightening the boys, and covers the leader in what?

2. What does the principal's son's appearance indicate?

3. Grandma takes Mary Alice directly where?

4. What has broken the narrator and her mother?

5. This farmer told Grandma she could have any ___________ that fell from his tree, but hardly any are on the ground.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

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

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

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

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

9. How can Mary Alice now find out who the pranksters were?

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

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

"A Dangerous Man" touches upon the stereotype of spring.

Part 1) What is the stereotype of spring? How is this touched upon in this chapter? How does this stereotype affect the characters in this book?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for focusing on this stereotype? How is this stereotype tied to other events and/or themes in this book?

Part 3) What is another story that focuses on this stereotype? What is the reason for this? What are the similarities between this story and "A Year Down Yonder"?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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