A Year Down Yonder Test | Final 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. Who invited the two ancient ladies to the DAR event?

2. How does Mary Alice feel about meeting Royce?

3. To everyone's surprise, Mary Alice is chosen to play what part?

4. Who turns out to be Mrs. Weidenbach's long-lost sistert?

5. What are Mary Alice and Grandma helping each other do when a man with a strange accent comes calling in April?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the girls react when a new boy enrolls in school? How does Mary Alice act? Why might she act this way?

2. Why does Grandma change her mind regarding Mrs. Weidenbach's request?

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

4. How do Ina-Rae and Mary Alice get back at Carleen? Why do they do it in this way?

5. How do the townspeople treat Arnold after this shocking event? Why?

6. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

7. What does Bootsie bring back to Mary Alice? Why might he do this?

8. Why is this man in town? What does Grandma think of this?

9. How does Mrs. Weidenbach act when Grandma agrees to bake the tarts, if the meeting is held at Grandma's home? Why does she react this way?

10. How is Mary Alice's date interrupted? How is this foreshadowed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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