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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 explanation does Natalie give for where she parks her wheelchair?

2. What happens when Bluish gets upset that day in class?

3. What happens one day when Natalie parks her wheelchair?

4. Who is Dreenie with at the opening of this chapter?

5. What does Dreenie's mother think is a poor reason for excluding Bluish as a friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dreenie convince her mother to let her do about her father?

2. What makes Bluish different from other children, and who comes to school with her?

3. What does Dreenie think she is and how does she feel about her sister's status with others? Where do they go to school?

4. Where is Dreenie and her sister at the beginning of Chapter 1 and what does the place look like?

5. What gets Bluish upset in class according to Dreenie's journal, and how does Bluish respond? Who has to take care of her response?

6. How does Dreenie respond to Bluish's question, and how does she feel about her response later?

7. What does Dreenie's mother figure out about Bluish from Dreenie's description?

8. What does Dreenie's father say about Bluish?

9. Why does Dreenie have an argument with her sister as they are walking?

10. What is Tuli like when Dreenie and Willie meet her on the street, why might she be like that and what is one of her favorite phrases?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bluish is initially disappointed when hearing that she was the subject of the class that day. In keeping with her previous characterization, Bluish simply wants to be treated like everyone else, and not as a freak or sideshow. However, she understands that it was important for the children's anxieties to be addressed. In this case, knowledge is power.

1. Why do you think it would bother Bluish to be the subject of a class discussion? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think wanting to be treated like everyone else is realistic considering Bluish's limitations? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think is meant by the statement that knowledge is power? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There is a cathartic, joyous moment in which the three girls, wearing Bluish's knit caps, admire themselves in the mirror. The moment is proof that beauty - in this case, Bluish learning to knit beautiful caps during her time in the hospital - can be forged out of ugliness (Bluish's illness). The author's message is that there is always a rainbow after the rain, and that good can be found in even the most unlikely of places.

1. What do you think is meant by a cathartic, joyous moment? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think beauty can be forged out of ugliness? Why or why not? Give at least one example other than the one in the above paragraph to illustrate your answer.

3. Discuss how good can be found even in the worse situation. Give at least one example other than the one in the above paragraph to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Dreenie organizes a surprise for Bluish, paying off the introduction of the knit caps in chapter four by having everyone jump up and don the caps for Bluish. This climactic act is a show of solidarity, an affirmation that the kids are firmly united with Bluish, who must wear the cap to cover her head gone bald from harsh chemotherapy treatments. In essence, the cap wearing is a sign that the children share Bluish's struggle. Bluish, along with Dreenie, have found their sense of place and belonging.

1. How do you think a show of solidarity is helpful to Bluish? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think is it important that everyone feels like they belong to something outside of themselves? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think the entire class getting behind Bluish and accepting her is realistic? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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