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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. Mrs. Weidenbach and the DAR ladies arrive and are ____________ the women's presence.
2. March comes, and Mary Alice turns _______________.
3. DAR is having its annual gathering to celebrate what?
4. The man was sent by the government as part of the ________________ administration's ambitious public works project.
5. Valentine's Day is coming. Around this time, Mary Alice has been secretly doing what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?
2. Why does Grandma change her mind regarding Mrs. Weidenbach's request?
3. How is Carleen Lovejoy like Mildred Burdick?
4. 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?
5. What is one way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this important?
6. Why does Mrs. Weidenbach ask for Grandma's help? Why is this surprising?
7. What newspaper column does Mary Alice write? Why might she do this?
8. What does Grandma do to pay the bills and survive during the Great Depression? How is this foreshadowed?
9. What is Grandma's final surprise for Mary Alice? What does this reinforce about Grandma?
10. Why might the townspeople act this way toward this strange man?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A "dangerous man" arrives in town.
Part 1) Who is this man? Describe him and the reason he is in town. Why might people of this town consider him dangerous? How do these fears affect the way they treat him? How does Grandma take advantage of this? Why does she do this?
Part 2) Describe the event that leads the citizens of this town to like him even less? Is he to blame for this surprising and shocking incident? Why or why not? Why does the town see him as guilty?
Part 3) How does Grandma help to turn the town's opinion around regarding this man? Why does she want to help him? What does this turn-around reinforce about this town?
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
This book is a work of historical fiction.
Part 1) What details in the book make it a work of historical fiction? How are these details important to the story? How are they also important to the reader? Would this boo be as enticing and engaging without these historical facts? Why or why not?
Part 2) Why might someone choose to write a work of historical fiction? What is the purpose of all works of historical fiction? What is your opinion of historical fiction? Why? Has your opinion of historical fiction been influenced by reading this book? Why or why not?
Part 3) What is your favorite genre? Why?
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