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

Robert Fulghum
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony does Fulghum want to play?

2. What does Fulghum claim is a blow to his self-image in Chapter 34?

3. What kind of fantasy does Fulghum have that he talks about in Chapter 20?

4. What is the name of Fulghum's uncle who drives the old pickup truck in Chapter 17?

5. What two things did Beethoven want to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Fulghum seems to include a lot of humor with his stories and life lessons. Why do you think humor is so important in solving problems and dealing with life? How do you think Fulghum uses humor in his writing and in dealing with life? What kind of person do you see Robert Fulghum as being? Why? What evidence from the stories brings you to this conclusion? How do you think Fulghum feels about his friends and family? Does he use humor in most his dealings with neighbors and family? If so, do you think this helps his dealings with his fellow man? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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