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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. What is the name of the firm where Annie's father works?

2. Which of the following Bible verses had a profound effect on Annie's childhood?

3. Which of the following items does Annie describe in depth after the disaster strikes her neighborhood?

4. Which of the following modes of transportation is the newest edition to Annie's neighborhood in the late 1950's?

5. How old are Annie's parents when Annie thinks they are "saggy and decrepit"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Annie react to each of her sisters when they were born?

2. What is Annie Dillard's father's greatest dream in life?

3. How does Annie feel about the boys she takes dance lessons with in school?

4. Why isn't Annie allowed to play with the Sheehy children?

5. How does Annie describe life for the typical family after WWII?

6. How does Father react when Annie digs up an old coin in the alleyway near their home?

7. How do Annie's parents feel about jokes in the home?

8. How does Annie Dillard describe Pittsburgh in the 18th century?

9. How does Annie feel about the Catholic religion as a child?

10. What is Mother's favorite joke about the brick and the little black poodle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Annie describes most of her interactions with boys through the dance lessons of her childhood. First, explain how Annie feels about the boys in Pittsburgh while she is a child. Then, explain how, and why, those feelings change as she matures into adulthood.

Essay Topic 2

When Annie is visiting the Smokey Islands with her father, she is introduced to the locking system of the rivers. First, explain the function of the locking systems in rivers. Then, describe Annie's reaction to the locking systems, and how the knowledge of these systems altered her relationship with Father forever.

Essay Topic 3

Annie frequently parallels her own intelligence with her mother's. First, explain how Annie describes her own intelligence. Then explain how Annie describes her mother's intelligence. Why do you think Annie makes this constant parallel? What part of her identity is Annie attempting to forge through this comparison?

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