Blue Willow 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 will Janey gauge the teacher's personality?

2. Mr. Larkin says that ________________ is/are as necessary today as it/they was/were in the time of King Arthur.

3. What does Janey do while Mrs. Romero takes care of Mrs. Larkin?

4. What book does Janey select from the traveling library?

5. Why does Dad stay home from work in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Janey go to the Anderson house prior to the Larkin family's leaving the area and what does she learn from Mr. Anderson regarding her willow plate?

2. Explain how Janey knows that she is really home in the new house with the new furniture.

3. Why does the Camp School come to a close?

4. Why does Janey offer the willow plate to Dr. Pierce as payment for Mom's care?

5. Why does Dad enter into a fight with Bounce that could land Dad in jail?

6. What does Janey offer to Bounce as rent payment so that he will leave the house?

7. What does Janey do to prevent Bounce from shooting the ducks she has been watching?

8. What is Dad's description of bravery and why does Janey now have a better appreciation for the bravery exhibited by her parents?

9. What is Janey's frame of mind as she sits watching the ducks on the water?

10. Where does Janey decide to go since Dad is not going to work and won't be taking her to school this day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Doris Gates is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

What is the greatest lesson Janey learns from her father? Is it true that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Janey always recall about her father from their experiences in California during the Great Depression?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in America during the Great Depression. What precedents do these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? How were their lives significantly more difficult than the lives of 21st century women?

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