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. Mary Alice figures her zany household has done what?

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

3. Why is the answer to number 113 a problem?

4. Does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?

5. Grandma also has a vial of ________ to attract the animals.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the townspeople treat Arnold after this shocking event? Why?

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

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

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

5. Why does Mrs. Weidenbach ask for Grandma's help? Why is this surprising?

6. How does Grandma initially respond to Mrs. Weidenbach's request? Why?

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

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

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

10. Who is the strange man who comes calling? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Christmas season brings many surprises.

Part 1) What are the Christmas season surprises? How does each surprise come about? How are these surprises significant to the plot and/or character development?

Part 2) How is surprise an important aspect of this book? What other surprises take place throughout this book? What are the purposes of all these surprises? How are various characters change by the surprises in this story?

Part 3) What surprises have been significant in your own life? How have you been changed by surprise events? How can you relate to the characters in this book, regarding surprising events?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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