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. After Maxine is gone, Grandma explains that she kept a _________ in the rafters of the attic in order to keep the birds away.

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

3. Why does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?

4. Why does the chorus practice sound awful?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What is one way that Grandma surprises Mary Alice during this holiday season? How is this important?

6. What is the most important part of the Christmas program? Why is it surprising that Mary Alice is chosen to play an important role in this? Why might she have been chosen?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Epilogue takes place several years later.

Part 1) Describe the Epilogue. What is the purpose of the Epilogue? How does the way in which the Epilogue was written compare to the rest of the book?

Part 2) How has Mary Alice changed over the years? How has the world also changed in such a relatively short period of time? How does the Epilogue wrap up the story that takes place throughout the previous chapters of the book?

Part 3) Is the Epilogue necessary? Why or why not? Is it an effective ending to the story? Why or why not? Is this how you would have ended the story Why or why not? If not, how would have ended it?

Essay Topic 2

A tornado hits the town.

Part 1) Describe the events surrounding the tornado. How did this tornado affect the citizens of this town? Why did the author have a tornado touch down in this town? What is revealed through this natural disaster?

Part 2) What other major events take place in this story? How are these events important? How do they affect the plot and the characters?

Part 3) What events have been significant in your own life? How have these events affected you? How do these events compare to the events in this story?

Essay Topic 3

The first section begins a pattern that repeats throughout the rest of the book.

Part 1) What is this pattern? How is this pattern significant? What theme does this pattern support? What characters does this pattern and theme affect? How are they affected?

Part 2) How is this pattern and theme relevant to your own life? How can you relate to the characters in this book through this theme?

Part 3) What is another book you have read or story you have heard that has this same theme? Is this a universal theme? Why or why not?

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