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. What is "Newsy Notes?"

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

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

4. By the end of the night, the two have ______________.

5. Does Grandma agree to help Mrs. Weidenbach?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How do the girls react when a new boy enrolls in school? How does Mary Alice act? Why might she act this way?

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

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

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

9. What does Bootsie bring back to Mary Alice? Why might he do this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandma hunts foxes to survive.

Part 1) Describe Grandma's hunting technique. Are you surprised by her decision to hunt foxes? Why or why not? How might she have come to be a fox hunter? What does this reinforce about her character?

Part 2) What is the purpose for revealing this in the story? How does this help to develop Grandma's character and her relationship with Mary Alice?

Part 3) How have other characters in this story adapted to the hard times of the Great Depression? How might you have adapted at this time to survive? What skills do you posses that would be useful?

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

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?

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