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. Which of the following is NOT something Annie thinks all martyr's carry in their heart?

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

3. Which of the following diseases did Louis Pasteur and Jonas Salk find a cure for?

4. Which of the following is NOT a color found on the Polymorphous moth - the moth Annie hatches in her classroom?

5. How does Annie "memorize" the faces of her suspects?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during Annie's last visit with Oma?

2. What advice about dancing does Mother give to Annie before she attends the Sewickley Dance?

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

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

5. What does Annie imagine life would be like if an atom bomb were dropped on her neighborhood?

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

7. What happens to Oma after Opa died?

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

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

10. Why is Annie labeled a "troubled child" while in her teens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Annie's favorite sport as a child was baseball. First, explain how Annie was introduced to the sport, and how the sport of baseball affected her daily life. Then, describe Annie's experience playing baseball with the neighborhood children. What did she learn from this experience? Finally, describe Annie's emotions about the transition from playing baseball to playing softball. What did she learn about herself in this experience?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the memoir, Annie battles with the fact that she will never be as successful as the boys in her town. First, explain Annie's argument as to why the boys of Pittsburgh will grow up to be successful. Then, explain what Annie claims to be the fate of all young Pittsburgh girls. Finally, explain whether or not Annie met the future she foresaw for herself as a child.

Essay Topic 3

Annie frequently discusses feeling profoundly inspired when she walks into a library. First, give at least two examples of times with the inspiration of books overwhelmed Annie. Then, briefly explain how Annie's inspiration from books changed as she matured.

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