An American Childhood Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Annie reckon her family can live solely on the food in their freezer?

2. What is the name of the man who first owned Annie's rock collection?

3. Which of the following mountain ranges cuts through Pennsylvania?

4. Where was Gene Stratton Porter, the author of "Moths of the Limberlost" born?

5. After Opa dies, who does Oma move in with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Andrew Carnegie, and what impact did he have on the city of Pittsburgh?

2. What realization about death does Annie have while reading biographies?

3. What horrifying sight does Annie see when she returns home from summer camp after a four week vacation from her bug collection?

4. What does Annie find most fascinating about the French-Indian War?

5. How does the introduction of streetcars alter the topography of Annie's neighborhood?

6. What experience with butterflies stops Annie from continuing with her insect collection?

7. Who does Annie fall in love with while at the Sewickley Dance?

8. What dangerous prank does Annie play on a local streetcar?

9. How does Annie feel about her mother's position in life?

10. What happens during the air raid drills in Annie's school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Annie frequently claims that young children have no sense of wonder. What does Annie mean by this statement? Explain Annie's views on children and imagination. Then, explain whether or not Annie is an exception or an example of her theory on childhood wonderment, and why.

Essay Topic 2

As a child, Annie's first hobby is learning to draw. First, why Annie was inspired to start sketching and how her practice of drawing matured over time. Then, describe what Annie learned about her own consciousness and the space she fills in this world through drawing.

Essay Topic 3

When Annie Dillard published this memoir, she was over forty years old, but attempting to write in the voice of her childhood. Give one example of a scene in which Annie was writing in the voice of ten-year-old child, and one scene in which she was writing in the voice of an adult woman looking back. Do you think the balance between these voices was successful? Why or why not?

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