A Year Down Yonder Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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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. The narrator tells the reader that her father lost his job and her brother Joey has joined __________.

2. The day proceeds, and most of the _________________ are bad shots.

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

4. They scramble out of there, leaving behind what?

5. Who is one of the last to be served?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Mary Alice go directly after arriving in town? What is happening there when Mary Alice arrives?

2. How does Grandma handle these pranksters?

3. What does Grandma think about Halloween? Why does she feel this way? Why would the reader probably not be surprised by this?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Old Man Nyquist upset Grandma?

9. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?

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

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

The Epilogue takes place several years later.

Part 1) Describe the Epilogue. What is the purpose of the Epilogue? How does the way in which the Epilogue was written compare to the rest of the book?

Part 2) How has Mary Alice changed over the years? How has the world also changed in such a relatively short period of time? How does the Epilogue wrap up the story that takes place throughout the previous chapters of the book?

Part 3) Is the Epilogue necessary? Why or why not? Is it an effective ending to the story? Why or why not? Is this how you would have ended the story Why or why not? If not, how would have ended it?

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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