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. The man was sent by the government as part of the ________________ administration's ambitious public works project.

2. Mrs. Weidenbach has come to Grandma because of what?

3. Grandma discovers Arnold is a single man, and ___________.

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

5. Also surprising, they go out and do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

4. What newspaper column does Mary Alice write? Why might she do this?

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

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

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

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

9. Who is the strange man who comes calling? Why?

10. What is one way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Armistice Day is an important day in this town.

Part 1) What is the purpose of Armistice Day? How does this town celebrate this day? How are these celebrations important? Why is this day especially important to Grandma?

Part 2) What holidays in our own culture today serve a similar purpose? How are these holidays important? How do you celebrate these holidays? Do you believe most ways in which Americans celebrate these holidays are adequate and reflect the purpose of these holidays? Why or why not?

Part 3) How has war been a significant aspect of American culture? Why? How has war been a constant part of human interaction throughout time? What does this reveal about humans?

Essay Topic 2

The Daughters of the American Revolution meeting is used as a lesson.

Part 1) Describe the events leading up to the DAR meeting. Why is Grandma asked to participate? Initially, why did you believe she wanted to hold the meeting at her home? What takes place at this meeting? How was this foreshadowed?

Part 2) Why does Grandma decide to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? How is this lesson taught in typical Grandma fashion? Should she have put Mrs. Weidenbach in her place like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe Mrs. Weidenbach learned a lesson? Why or why not? Might there have been a better way to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? If so, how? If not, 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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