A Year Down Yonder Test | Final Test - Hard

Richard Peck
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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. At ________ o' clock, a reluctant Mary Alice follows Grandma out into the cold.

2. Who tells her that she was actually adopted?

3. The meeting proceeds, and Mrs. Weidenbach takes an opportunity to brag about what?

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

5. Mary Alice has managed to shed the "____________" reputation.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What newspaper column does Mary Alice write? Why might she do this?

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

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

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

10. How is Mary Alice's date interrupted? How is this foreshadowed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Daughters of the American Revolution meeting is used as a lesson.

Part 1) Describe the events leading up to the DAR meeting. Why is Grandma asked to participate? Initially, why did you believe she wanted to hold the meeting at her home? What takes place at this meeting? How was this foreshadowed?

Part 2) Why does Grandma decide to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? How is this lesson taught in typical Grandma fashion? Should she have put Mrs. Weidenbach in her place like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe Mrs. Weidenbach learned a lesson? Why or why not? Might there have been a better way to teach Mrs. Weidenbach a lesson? If so, how? If not, why not?

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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