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. She has them take off their shoes, and then she gives the girls buttermilk and __________.

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

4. Why is it important that the school is many miles from Mildred's house?

5. What has caused Mrs. Abernathy's son's illness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the statement "Grandma had eyes in the back of her heart" mean?

2. How does Grandma initially respond to Mrs. Weidenbach's request? Why?

3. What is the final surprise in this chapter? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?

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

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

6. What is Grandma's final surprise for Mary Alice? What does this reinforce about Grandma?

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

8. How has Mary Alice's relationship with the other girls changed? In what ways has it stayed the same?

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

10. What does Grandma do instead of participating in the sharpshooting competition? Why might she do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

After arriving in town, Mary Alice is directly taken to high school.

Part 1) Describe Mary Alice's high school experience. How does it compare to your own school experiences? How was school in the 1930s like school today? How was it different?

Part 2) How does school become an important place for Mary Alice? How is she changed by her experiences at this school? Are these changes good or bad? Why?

Part 3) How have your school experiences changed you? Do you believe attending school is an important part of one's childhood? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Mildred Burdick is a bully.

Part 1) How is Mildred a bully? Why is she a bully? How has this bad behavior been passed down through the generations in the Burdick family?

Part 2) How are others affected by Mildred's behavior? What happens to Mildred by the end of the book? What does this say about bullies? What might this also reveal about the author's opinion of bullies?

Part 3) How have you been affected by bullying? How have you dealt with bullying? How has society worked toward stopping bullying? Has it been successful? Why or why not?

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