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. Fulghum says that he's been know to shake his fist and yell at what?

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

4. What two words of wisdom does Fulghum's lawyer friend tell him?

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 things does Fulghum mention that an abacus is good for?

2. In Chapter 39, Fulghum talks about a list of mysteries that he keeps that's getting longer and longer as he gets older. What are two of these mysteries that he lists in the book?

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

4. What kind of fantasy does Fulghum speak about in Chapter 20, and what does it involve?

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

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

7. In Chapter 31, what does Fulghum state he'll do on some December night when he is very rich?

8. Why does Fulghum tell the reader in Chapter 16 to not be mislead by the stories we hear of crookedness and corruption?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of Fulghum's book, he mentions that as he gets older his credo, or list, has gotten shorter. Why do you think Fulghum spent so much time, effort, and paper keeping track of all his thoughts and personal feelings when he was younger but now feels he does not have to do that anymore? Why do you think Fulghum chose the stories he did to be included in his book? Do you think all Fulghum's stories teach different lessons, or are there some stories that reemphasize what Fulghum has already concluded? Explain your reasoning, and use examples from the book to support 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

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.

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