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. In a final Christmas surprise, Grandma did what?

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

3. Things are just about to go great when what happens?

4. Why did Mrs. Weidenbach choose to go to Grandma Dowdel to solve this problem?

5. Two ancient ladies arrive for the DAR event, _______________, but they certainly aren't DAR ladies.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Why is this man in town? What does Grandma think of this?

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

6. 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?

7. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

9. Why might the townspeople act this way toward this strange man?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The main part of the story ends in celebration.

Part 1) Describe this celebration. How is this celebration important to the people of this town? What other celebrations also take place in this story? Why? How are celebrations an important part of life in this town? Why?

Part 2) How do these celebrations balance out the struggles these people face? How might this have been exceptionally important during the 1930s throughout the United States?

Part 3) How are celebrations important today? What specific holidays are particularly important in one's life today? Why?

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