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. Mary Alice has to share a desk with whom?

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

3. In a dank basement, they discover ______________, who is doubling as a janitor.

4. What is wrong with the principal's son?

5. Instead, what does Grandma do?

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. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

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

4. What is burgoo stew? How might this represent life during the Great Depression?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

A tornado hits the town.

Part 1) Describe the events surrounding the tornado. How did this tornado affect the citizens of this town? Why did the author have a tornado touch down in this town? What is revealed through this natural disaster?

Part 2) What other major events take place in this story? How are these events important? How do they affect the plot and the characters?

Part 3) What events have been significant in your own life? How have these events affected you? How do these events compare to the events in this story?

Essay Topic 3

This book is a work of historical fiction.

Part 1) What details in the book make it a work of historical fiction? How are these details important to the story? How are they also important to the reader? Would this boo be as enticing and engaging without these historical facts? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why might someone choose to write a work of historical fiction? What is the purpose of all works of historical fiction? What is your opinion of historical fiction? Why? Has your opinion of historical fiction been influenced by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is your favorite genre? Why?

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