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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 does Rita think of the name "Bluish"?
2. What does Bluish show the class?
3. Who acts awkwardly in front of Bluish?
4. Who is Rita that brings the girls cookies?
5. How does Bluish sound when she talks to the group?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Tuli, Dreenie and Bluish doing at Bluish's house?
2. What lands on Bluish's arm and what does Max say that upsets her?
3. What kind of toy does Bluish present to the class and what does Mrs. Baker say about it?
4. What does Mrs. Baker tell the students about why they are lucky and what does she say about the way the students are with Bluish?
5. Where does Dreenie invite Bluish and what does Bluish say about the invitation?
6. How do some of the students feel about Bluish?
7. How is Dreenie beginning to feel at school and with whom does she have a positive connection?
8. What does Dreenie tell Mrs. Baker she wants to know after Bluish leaves for an appointment and why do she and the other students want this information
9. With whom does Tuli live, what does she do for a living, what does she cook the girls and what does she do after they eat?
10. What is the surprise in class that Dreenie springs on Bluish?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Christmas tree itself is an amalgamation of all the major holidays, with Christmas ornaments, a Jewish menorah, and a Kwanzaa candelabra. Multiculturalism and its associated virtues of tolerance and unity are clearly values the author wishes to celebrate.
1. Why do you think it is important to have many different cultures holidays acknowledged? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. Why do you think tolerance of others is important in the world? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. What do you think humans could accomplish if instead wars humans were united across the world? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Bluish parks her wheelchair right outside the classroom, so that kids have to squeeze around her in order to leave the classroom. Dreenie thinks about asking if Bluish needs help to move, but she does not ask. Bluish exclaims that she has put herself in the way so that the other kids are forced to look at her, as apparently everyone has been nervous around her and have been averting their eyes.
1. Discuss what you think life would be like if you were confined to a wheelchair. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. Discuss why you think Bluish blocking the door with her wheelchair was or was not a good action on her part. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Explain why you think Bluish's classmates had a difficult time looking at her. Discuss their fears and uncertainties. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Bluish's mom Rita confronts Dreenie and Tuli about what she perceives as Bluish's derogatory nickname. This episode foregrounds the importance of ethnic and cultural identity, with Rita defending her daughter against what, to her mind, is an attack on her heritage.
1. Do you think Bluish's mother was right to feel the way she did about Bluish's nickname from the children? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. Why do you think an awareness of one's ethnic and cultural identity is important? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. How does Bluish's mother's idea about her daughter's nickgame illustrate the statement don't assume? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
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