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. How long do the woodsmen in the Solomon Islands continue their ritual for one tree?

2. What is Charles Boyer's wife named?

3. When writing about the establishment of San Saba, how many priests does Fulghum say accompanied the soldiers?

4. When Fulghum is at the laundromat, he hears a college kid explain to a friend how to get something off a suede jacket. What does the kid talk about getting off of a suede jacket?

5. What did the soldiers and priests build in San Saba to accommodate them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were some of the reasons that Fulghum gives for visiting the town of San Saba?

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

4. Describe Fulghum's Crayola bomb idea.

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

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

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

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

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

10. When Fulghum was younger what was his list or credo like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you think Fulghum's interactions with children in his stories help emphasize the idea behind the book? How does Fulghum capture the innocence and honesty of children in his stories? Even in their worst form (when the boys are trying to kill all the moths) how does Fulghum still make the children he writes about endearing? Do you think Fulghum truly feels this way about children? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 31, what does Fulghum say is the perfect cure for feeling depressed and down about yourself? Why does he feel this solution will help? How does this solution help him? How do you feel about this solution, and do you think it would help you if you were feeling down? Why or why not? Do you think Beethoven was able to defy his deafness by creating such wonderful compositions? How do you think he was able to overcome his developing weakness? Do you think Beethoven thought of how inspirational his works would be to others? Why or why not?

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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