A Christmas Memory Test | Mid-Book 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 much do Truman and the woman charge kids to get into the Fun and Freak show?

2. In what month does the story begin?

3. What does the woman have courage to do?

4. What do the woman and Truman win in a national football contest?

5. Where are the nuts that are used to make the fruitcake that is found?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the woman change after Truman leaves for military school?

2. What does Mr. Haha Jones do after the woman asks for whiskey?

3. What type of genre do you consider A Christmas Memory to be, and why?

4. Why does the woman still act like a child?

5. What is the purpose of Truman mentioning the kites at the end of the story?

6. What happens when the woman and Truman go out to fly their kites?

7. Truman thinks of all the things he would like to buy for the woman for Christmas while he is making her gift. What types of things would Truman like to buy for the woman and what does he make for her?

8. Describe the kitchen of the house.

9. The money for the fruitcake fund is hidden in what way?

10. What does the term "fruitcake weather" refer to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that making fruitcakes was beneficial and essential for the woman to accomplish each season? Did Truman get the same benefits from making fruitcakes? What character changes and improvements did Truman experience from being involved with the fruitcake making?

Essay Topic 2

There are obviously conflict issues between characters in A Christmas Memory. Truman and the woman have conflict with the relatives but are there other characters that they find conflict with? Do you think either Truman or the woman experience conflict within themselves? In what ways? Name one particular conflicting relationship between two characters in the book. Describe what the conflict does to the outcome of both characters.

Essay Topic 3

Truman and the woman are similar in many ways but they do have some distinguishable differences. Compare and contrast the two characters in detail. Explain their relationship and how they each affect the other characters in the book.

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