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

2. To everyone's consternation, Maxine Patch bounds down the stairs how?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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 does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?

7. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary Alice and Ina-Rae conspire against Carleen.

Part 1) How do these girls use Valentine's Day to get back at Carleen? Why do they do this? Are they successful? Why or why not? What does this behavior reveal about Mary Alice at this point in the story?

Part 2) How else does Mary Alice begin to take a stand for herself and others throughout this book? Why does she do this? How does her behavior compare to Grandma's?

Part 3) How can you stand up more for yourself and others? Would you consider using tactics similar to those used by Mary Alice and Grandma? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

"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"?

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