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 many different kinds of macaroni does the gummy lump box consist of?

2. When Fulghum's washer and dryer quit working, where is the laundromat that he has to go to?

3. Fulghum thinks it would be a better world if we all had cookies and milk at what time?

4. When Fulghum writes his personal beliefs down, how many pages does he try to fill?

5. What song does Fulghum claim his neighbor lady reminded him of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened after Fulghum's washer died on him in the middle of a load of laundry?

2. What does Fulghum claim a detergent for people would clean?

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

4. In Chapter 36, what happens when Fulghum stops to help a couple that has a dead car battery and he and the stranded man try to find the battery?

5. Describe how Fulghum listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

6. What does the author do in Chapter 28 when his cuckoo clock is not working properly, and what happens to the clock?

7. In Chapter 34, Fulghum discusses the two items that make up the majority of stuff. What are some of the other miscellaneous items that make up stuff?

8. In Chapter 29, what does the couple that lives across the street from the author buy to ride on, and how does the couple ride it?

9. Describe what the gummy lump box looks like.

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

Essay 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

Why do you think Fulghum ends his book the way he does? Does that help the reader reach a conclusion, or does it leave the reader hanging? Was this Fulghum's intention? Why or why not? Do you think Fulghum could have ended his book any other way? If so, how? If not, why do you think this was the most effective ending?

Essay Topic 3

Fulghum speaks of his lawyer friend who says that we should just be and that life is all crap and it's all lies. Why do you think his friend feels this way? Why do you think someone who has been through so many experiences in life still thinks that his philosophy on life is wrong? Do you think Fulghum believes that life is "all crap" and that we should "just be"? Why or why not? Do you think Fulghum's lawyer friend is being cynical about life, or is he being more skeptical? Explain your answers, and use specific examples from the book to support your answers.

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