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, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 27, Fulghum tells the reader that he knows what he wants for Christmas and he's known since he was forty. What is it that Fulghum wants?

2. What does Franklin retort to the bystander who asked what good the balloon was?

3. In Chapter 31, Fulghum says he speaks to a nice lady on the phone who says she has a cold since when?

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

5. What city did the man test the theory that no one can be trusted in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Larry Walters' contraption that Fulghum mentions in Chapter 38 and what he has with him as he floats over Los Angeles.

2. In Chapter 20, what kind of people does Fulghum say he lives in awe of?

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

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. In Chapter 28, why does Robert Fulghum buy a cuckoo clock?

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

7. Describe Fulghum's relationship with his neighbor Mr. Washington that is discussed in Chapter 18.

8. In Chapter 33, what does Fulghum say is his first clue that Elias Schwartz is the new Haiho Lama?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 51, Fulghum discusses Mother Teresa. Why do you think the author waits until the end of the book to tell his story about Mother Teresa? Does her story help conclude Fulghum's book in any way? Why do you think Fulghum says that Mother Teresa has "profoundly disturbed my peace of mind for a long time"? Fulghum even goes as far as to say that she drives him crazy. Why do you think he sets up her story in this manner? Use examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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