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. There are rumors of trying to do what to Arnold?

2. Why is the answer to number 113 a problem?

3. At ________ o' clock, a reluctant Mary Alice follows Grandma out into the cold.

4. The big moment arrives, with a light being shone on whom?

5. In response, Grandma plays matchmaker and hosts a dinner with Arnold Green and who?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is learned about Mrs. Weidenbach? How is this significant?

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

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

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

7. How does Mary Alice finally take a chance and ask Royce over to visit? How does Grandma feel about this? Why?

8. How does Grandma initially respond to Mrs. Weidenbach's request? Why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"A Dangerous Man" touches upon the stereotype of spring.

Part 1) What is the stereotype of spring? How is this touched upon in this chapter? How does this stereotype affect the characters in this book?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for focusing on this stereotype? How is this stereotype tied to other events and/or themes in this book?

Part 3) What is another story that focuses on this stereotype? What is the reason for this? What are the similarities between this story and "A Year Down Yonder"?

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

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?

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