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. While Grandma is widely known as an excellent markswoman, she will not be competing. Instead, what does she do?

2. The _____________ family are notoriously bad people.

3. What does Grandma think of Bootsie the cat?

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

5. To take her mind off her fears, what does Mary Alice do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What warning does Grandma give Mary Alice before she leaves her at school? What does this warning foreshadow?

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

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

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

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

9. What has happened to Mrs. Abernathy's son? Is this still seen today? Why or why not?

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

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

Grandma is a unique character.

Part 1) Describe your initial thoughts about Grandma. How did your opinion of her change by the end of the book? Why did your opinion change?

Part 2) What issues does Grandma's behavior bring up? What is her opinion of these issues? Why? How does your opinion compare to hers? Are your beliefs questioned by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What would the world be like if more people were like Grandma? Would this be a better place? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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