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. Carleen Lovejoy will play the leader of ______________, and she is intent on outshining all others.

2. Mary Alice works up her nerve and writes an invitation to Royce. How does Royce respond?

3. What are Mary Alice and Grandma helping each other do when a man with a strange accent comes calling in April?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?

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

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

10. Why does Grandma change her mind regarding Mrs. Weidenbach's request?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandma is a unique character.

Part 1) Describe your initial thoughts about Grandma. How did your opinion of her change by the end of the book? Why did your opinion change?

Part 2) What issues does Grandma's behavior bring up? What is her opinion of these issues? Why? How does your opinion compare to hers? Are your beliefs questioned by reading this book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What would the world be like if more people were like Grandma? Would this be a better place? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Mary Alice falls in love with Royce.

Part 1) How do Mary Alice's feelings for Royce develop throughout the book? How do his feelings for her mirror her feelings for him? How is Mary Alice finally able to get the courage up to invite Royce over? How might Grandma have played a role in this?

Part 2) What about Royce is appealing to Mary Alice and the other girls? Do you see in him what these girls see? Why or why not? What is special about Mary Alice? How does she stand out from the rest of the girls in her school?

Part 3) What other romantic attachments take place in this book? What is the purpose of these attachments to the story? How are they tied to the plot, character development, and/or themes?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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