All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Fulghum
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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 kind of insect does the Cassida Rubignosa have to defend itself from in the book?

2. Fulghum tells the reader that goats are really cheap in San Saba and you can buy one for about how much?

3. In its larval form, what does the Cassida Rubignosa beetle carry on it's back?

4. What month of the year did the Indians that the soldiers were waiting for finally show up?

5. In Chapter 5 about the abacus, Fulghum claims there are millions of people that still use the abacus. Where are these people located?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some things that Fulghum enjoys about doing laundry?

2. In the Solomon Islands what is some villagers' special way of logging?

3. In Chapter 14, what is Fulghum's personal need that he discusses, and how is it made?

4. Describe what the gummy lump box looks like.

5. How many places does Fulghum rank for their chicken fried steak, and who receives the most stars and why?

6. Describe Fulghum's Crayola bomb idea.

7. Why does Fulghum decide to tell the reader about his favorite place for chicken fried steak?

8. Why does Fulghum not agree with the thought that Russians are rotten and immoral?

9. What is the purpose of the larval form of the Cassida Rubignosa carrying a small sack of garbage on its back?

10. What does the lady in Chapter 7 do after she runs into the spider web on her porch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Washington is mentioned a couple times in the book as Fulghum's neighbor. Fulghum and Mr. Washington seem to share a strong bond even though they have a lot of differences. What are some of Robert Fulghum's and Mr. Washington's differences? What kinds of things bond the two neighbors together? Why do you think these two neighbors were such good friends? Do you think Mr. Washington saw the simple things in life as Robert Fulghum does? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

This book is a collection of some of Robert Fulghum's essays and stories as told from his perspective. How do you think Fulghum's perspective on some of these stories affected the way it was told or even affected the outcome of the story? How would some of the stories be different if they were told through another person's perspective? Explain your answers, and use evidence from the book to support those answers.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, we see evidence of the theme of simplicity. Fulghum tries to explain during his stories how we should do as children do or take the simplest measures to reach joy or accomplishment. What are some ideas that Fulghum has about keeping life simple and enjoying the simple things? What story or stories did you find these ideas in? How do you think the title of the book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," applies to Fulghum's conclusions in his stories? Explain your answers, and use ideas from the book to support your answers.

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