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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. Some ___________ come to the cobhouse and fall over the wire that Grandma strung.
2. In a dank basement, they discover ______________, who is doubling as a janitor.
3. Why does Grandma do this with the tractor?
4. How does Grandma know that the horse was not even Mildred's?
5. What does Grandma do with the sliced food?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mildred go about attempting to collect the dollar from Mary Alice? What does this reveal about Mildred?
2. Describe the events surrounding Augie's attempt to impress Mary Alice. What does this reinforce about his character?
3. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?
4. Where does Mary Alice go directly after arriving in town? What is happening there when Mary Alice arrives?
5. What does Grandma do instead of participating in the sharpshooting competition? Why might she do this?
6. What does Mary Alice bring to Grandma's house? Why does she bring this?
7. How does Grandma raise money for Mrs. Abernathy? Is this a good tactic? Why or why not?
8. How can Mary Alice now find out who the pranksters were?
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
Many in this town are stingy.
Part 1) Describe four characters in this town who are stingy. Why are they stingy? Would they be stingy if the economy were better? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does Grandma encourage these characters to be more giving? Are her tactics morally correct? Why or why not? What other tactics might be as successful? How?
Part 3) Would you consider yourself to be a stingy person? Why or why not? How can you be more giving to others? How can you and others benefit from your increased ability to give?
Essay Topic 2
The main part of the story ends in celebration.
Part 1) Describe this celebration. How is this celebration important to the people of this town? What other celebrations also take place in this story? Why? How are celebrations an important part of life in this town? Why?
Part 2) How do these celebrations balance out the struggles these people face? How might this have been exceptionally important during the 1930s throughout the United States?
Part 3) How are celebrations important today? What specific holidays are particularly important in one's life today? Why?
Essay Topic 3
A "dangerous man" arrives in town.
Part 1) Who is this man? Describe him and the reason he is in town. Why might people of this town consider him dangerous? How do these fears affect the way they treat him? How does Grandma take advantage of this? Why does she do this?
Part 2) Describe the event that leads the citizens of this town to like him even less? Is he to blame for this surprising and shocking incident? Why or why not? Why does the town see him as guilty?
Part 3) How does Grandma help to turn the town's opinion around regarding this man? Why does she want to help him? What does this turn-around reinforce about this town?
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