A Year Down Yonder Test | Final Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bootsie do for Mary Alice?

2. The Christmas program is getting closer, and while Carleen Lovejoy has a magnificent costume, Mary Alice has only what?

3. Mary Alice figures her zany household has done what?

4. As a last surprise prior to the program, Grandma presents Mary Alice with what?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

After arriving in town, Mary Alice is directly taken to high school.

Part 1) Describe Mary Alice's high school experience. How does it compare to your own school experiences? How was school in the 1930s like school today? How was it different?

Part 2) How does school become an important place for Mary Alice? How is she changed by her experiences at this school? Are these changes good or bad? Why?

Part 3) How have your school experiences changed you? Do you believe attending school is an important part of one's childhood? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Grandma hunts foxes to survive.

Part 1) Describe Grandma's hunting technique. Are you surprised by her decision to hunt foxes? Why or why not? How might she have come to be a fox hunter? What does this reinforce about her character?

Part 2) What is the purpose for revealing this in the story? How does this help to develop Grandma's character and her relationship with Mary Alice?

Part 3) How have other characters in this story adapted to the hard times of the Great Depression? How might you have adapted at this time to survive? What skills do you posses that would be useful?

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