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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. One day in the cold of _____________, Mrs. Weidenbach knocks at the door.
2. The annual _______________ program at the school is coming.
3. By this time, Mary Alice has made a friend, _______________, and is on better terms with several girls.
4. Two ancient ladies arrive for the DAR event, _______________, but they certainly aren't DAR ladies.
5. Grandma had planned the whole gathering for what reason?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is learned about Mrs. Weidenbach? How is this significant?
2. How does Mary Alice finally take a chance and ask Royce over to visit? How does Grandma feel about this? Why?
3. How do the girls react when a new boy enrolls in school? How does Mary Alice act? Why might she act this way?
4. What is another way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this surprise important?
5. What is Grandma's final surprise for Mary Alice? What does this reinforce about Grandma?
6. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?
7. How has Mary Alice's relationship with the other girls changed? In what ways has it stayed the same?
8. What newspaper column does Mary Alice write? Why might she do 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. Who is the strange man who comes calling? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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