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 is Charles Boyer's wife named?

2. In Chapter 15, what game does Fulghum claim he likes better than hide-and-seek?

3. Charles' wife discovers she has cancer where?

4. When Fulghum is talking about yelling at objects, he claims that even doing this doesn't help.

5. How many years was Charles Boyer married to his wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some things that Fulghum says he yells at?

3. Describe Fulghum's experience of buying Tony Lama boots at Harry's Store in San Saba.

4. Describe the lady in Chapter 7 as she comes out of her house.

5. Describe what the gummy lump box looks like.

6. What are some of the things that Fulghum learned in kindergarten that can be applied to everyone at any age?

7. What was the name of Charles Boyer's wife? What happened to her?

8. In Chapter 6, why did the soldiers and priests set out for a spot on the San Saba River?

9. In Chapter 6, why does Fulghum say that goat roping is some entertainment?

10. What does Fulghum think we learn from the song "The Eensy-Weensy Spider"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Donnie's character from Chapter 30. Which of Donnie's qualities makes it hard for Fulghum to turn down his raking inquiry? What was Donnie's work ethic like? Even though Robert Fulghum didn't really want his leaves raked, do you think he was glad that he hired Donnie to help? If so, in what ways? Why do you think Donnie didn't charge Fulghum more money than his normal rate even though Fulghum's yard was abnormally full of leaves? What does this say about Donnie's character and desire to work? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 32, Fulghum discusses the clay tablet in the British Museum that contains a census. Discuss some of the facts that Fulghum talks about concerning the earth's mass and people as they relate to each other. Why do you think Fulghum discusses the mass of the earth versus people and the quality of people in the first place? What is Locard's Exchange Principle, and how does it play a role in Fulghum's story? What does Fulghum mean when he says, "We are the stuff of stars"?

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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