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

2. It turns out Grandma had been setting _______ traps earlier that day.

3. Christmas time has arrived, and Miss Butler is having the kids make hot pads from what?

4. Mrs. Weidenbach is the wife of the ___________, and is the leader of the local chapter of the DAR.

5. While Mary Alice thinks Christmas is not exactly Grandma's favorite holiday, Grandma surprises her how?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Grandma take advantage of this man? Why does she do this?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Mary Alice is the main character.

Part 1) Describe Mary Alice. How does she change throughout the story? Why does she change? How do other characters in this story also change? What is Mary Alice's relationship with other main characters in the story?

Part 2) Mary Alice is also the narrator of the story. How does her narration affect the knowledge of the reader? How does it also influence the reader's opinion of other characters? How different might the story be if the narrator were not a character in the story? How different might the story be if Grandma was the narrator?

Part 3) What is learned about Middle America during the Great Depression through Mary Alice's eyes? Has this affected your view of life in the 1930s? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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