After the Dancing Days Test | Mid-Book 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. While Annie waits for her father at the train station, what images does Annie keep seeing even though she closes her eyes?

2. Who are Mrs. Metcalf's second group of friends?

3. What does Annie usually enjoy on the Fourth of July?

4. What do Mrs. Metcalf and her first group of friends like to do?

5. On the way home from her first visit to St. John's, why is Annie glad that Grandfather and Father are ignoring her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Annie's grandparents react when they learned that Uncle Paul had died?

2. Why does Annie think she knows how much her mother missed Dr. Metcalf?

3. How did Annie and her mother get along while Dr. Metcalf was gone?

4. Describe the two groups of soldiers that get off the train when Dr. Metcalf arrives.

5. Describe Annie's thoughts when the boy delivered the telegram telling them that Uncle Paul had died.

6. Describe Ruth Sylvester.

7. Why, if the war ended last year, does the newspaper run an article about a peace treaty?

8. How do Annie, her family, and Ruth feel about the new war monument?

9. Why did Uncle Paul visit Annie's mother frequently?

10. How were many soldiers burned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Ruth is not a major character, she plays an important role in the novel. How would the story have been different if she was not a part of the story? List scenes from the book where she influenced other characters and has an impact on decisions they make.

Essay Topic 2

Explore how the different characters react to Paul's death. Are the reactions of the various characters typical of what you would expect based on their relationship to Paul? Would you expect Grandmother to react more strongly than Annie? Compare the reactions of the different characters.

Essay Topic 3

Grandfather and Grandmother have very different reactions to Paul's death. Write how their reactions differed when they first heard the news. List examples of other times when the author shows how differently they are coping with Uncle Paul's death. Explain why they might have different ways of coping. Do you think one method of dealing with Paul's death is better than another? Why or why not?

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