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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 Mrs. Weidenbach react to Grandma's demand?
2. What are Mary Alice and Grandma helping each other do when a man with a strange accent comes calling in April?
3. Also surprising, they go out and do what?
4. At ________ o' clock, a reluctant Mary Alice follows Grandma out into the cold.
5. One day in the cold of _____________, Mrs. Weidenbach knocks at the door.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is this man in town? What does Grandma think of this?
2. How do the girls react when a new boy enrolls in school? How does Mary Alice act? Why might she act this way?
3. How does Mary Alice finally take a chance and ask Royce over to visit? How does Grandma feel about this? Why?
4. What does Bootsie bring back to Mary Alice? Why might he do this?
5. What is another way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this surprise important?
6. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?
7. Who is the strange man who comes calling? Why?
8. What is learned about Mrs. Weidenbach? How is this significant?
9. What is Grandma's final surprise for Mary Alice? What does this reinforce about Grandma?
10. What does Grandma do to pay the bills and survive during the Great Depression? How is this foreshadowed?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Pride is a theme.
Part 1) What is pride? How is this a theme in this story? What role does Grandma play in this theme? Why? How is this a universal theme?
Part 2) How can you relate to this theme? When has pride been an important theme in your own life? What can you learn about pride from this story?
Part 3) What other themes are important to this story? How is each theme significant? How are these themes connected to the main characters? How are these themes connected to one another?
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
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?
This section contains 1,100 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)