A Year Down Yonder Test | Final Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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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. How does Mary Alice feel about meeting Royce?

2. Who tells her that she was actually adopted?

3. It turns out Grandma had been setting _______ traps earlier that day.

4. How does Grandma know the child is a Burdick?

5. Final exams are coming up at school, and while a whiz at English and composition, Mary Alice struggled with __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Grandma do to pay the bills and survive during the Great Depression? How is this foreshadowed?

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

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

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

8. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

10. What is the most important part of the Christmas program? Why is it surprising that Mary Alice is chosen to play an important role in this? Why might she have been chosen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many in this town are stingy.

Part 1) Describe four characters in this town who are stingy. Why are they stingy? Would they be stingy if the economy were better? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does Grandma encourage these characters to be more giving? Are her tactics morally correct? Why or why not? What other tactics might be as successful? How?

Part 3) Would you consider yourself to be a stingy person? Why or why not? How can you be more giving to others? How can you and others benefit from your increased ability to give?

Essay Topic 2

The Epilogue takes place several years later.

Part 1) Describe the Epilogue. What is the purpose of the Epilogue? How does the way in which the Epilogue was written compare to the rest of the book?

Part 2) How has Mary Alice changed over the years? How has the world also changed in such a relatively short period of time? How does the Epilogue wrap up the story that takes place throughout the previous chapters of the book?

Part 3) Is the Epilogue necessary? Why or why not? Is it an effective ending to the story? Why or why not? Is this how you would have ended the story Why or why not? If not, how would have ended it?

Essay Topic 3

This book is a work of historical fiction.

Part 1) What details in the book make it a work of historical fiction? How are these details important to the story? How are they also important to the reader? Would this boo be as enticing and engaging without these historical facts? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why might someone choose to write a work of historical fiction? What is the purpose of all works of historical fiction? What is your opinion of historical fiction? Why? Has your opinion of historical fiction been influenced by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is your favorite genre? Why?

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