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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. When do Mary Alice and Royce meet?
2. What does Bootsie do for Mary Alice?
3. Mary Alice figures her zany household has done what?
4. Does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?
5. One day in the cold of _____________, Mrs. Weidenbach knocks at the door.
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is the strange man who comes calling? Why?
2. How does Mary Alice finally take a chance and ask Royce over to visit? How does Grandma feel about this? Why?
3. What does Grandma do to pay the bills and survive during the Great Depression? How is this foreshadowed?
4. Why does Grandma change her mind regarding Mrs. Weidenbach's request?
5. 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?
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. Why might the townspeople act this way toward this strange man?
8. How is Mary Alice's date interrupted? How is this foreshadowed?
9. What is learned about Mrs. Weidenbach? How is this significant?
10. How does Grandma initially respond to Mrs. Weidenbach's request? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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 Christmas season brings many surprises.
Part 1) What are the Christmas season surprises? How does each surprise come about? How are these surprises significant to the plot and/or character development?
Part 2) How is surprise an important aspect of this book? What other surprises take place throughout this book? What are the purposes of all these surprises? How are various characters change by the surprises in this story?
Part 3) What surprises have been significant in your own life? How have you been changed by surprise events? How can you relate to the characters in this book, regarding surprising events?
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