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. Why does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?

2. What are used to cover up the human scent in order to confuse these animals?

3. This man explains he was sent to Grandma by Maxine Patch, the postmistress, and that he is in town to do what?

4. While Mary Alice thinks Christmas is not exactly Grandma's favorite holiday, Grandma surprises her how?

5. Does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?

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

3. What is another way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this surprise important?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Mrs. Weidenbach ask for Grandma's help? Why is this surprising?

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

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

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

Grandma lives in a small hick town.

Part 1) Describe this small town and its inhabitants. Why does Mary Alice think she will not like this town? In the end, does Mary Alice end up liking the town? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this town reveal about Americans throughout the country during the 1930s? What aspects of this town are universal and could represent many towns throughout the U.S.?

Part 3) How does this town compare to your own? How have Americans changed since the 1930s? How have they stayed the same? What are possible causes of these similarities and differences?

Essay Topic 3

Mary Alice is the main character.

Part 1) Describe Mary Alice. How does she change throughout the story? Why does she change? How do other characters in this story also change? What is Mary Alice's relationship with other main characters in the story?

Part 2) Mary Alice is also the narrator of the story. How does her narration affect the knowledge of the reader? How does it also influence the reader's opinion of other characters? How different might the story be if the narrator were not a character in the story? How different might the story be if Grandma was the narrator?

Part 3) What is learned about Middle America during the Great Depression through Mary Alice's eyes? Has this affected your view of life in the 1930s? If so, how? If not, why not?

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