Crazy Lady! 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. What does Ronald learn the doctors told Maxine when Ronald was born?

2. What does Vernon's father say when Vernon asks why Maxine drinks?

3. How much does Steph say Vernon should be asked to pay at Milt's?

4. Who threw a rock through Maxine's front window?

5. What is the present Miss Annie gives to Vernon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Vernon begin performing the magic trick for Ronald?

2. What kinds of help do others on the block offer when word gets out that Vernon is putting on a carnival to raise money for Ronald's new shoes?

3. Why is Vernon particularly worried about being held back?

4. What is Vernon supposed to tell Maxine when Miss Annie sends him to see her in jail?

5. Why does Maxine say she and Ronald have mismatched gloves?

6. What does Miss Annie say is the main difference between Maxine and people such as Vernon and Miss Annie?

7. What does Miss Annie say Vernon should do about his dream and what is his response?

8. What does Vernon say about Maxine's house when he goes down there on the day of the teacher's visit?

9. What does Vernon discover happens to the neighborhood once he's in junior high?

10. How does Vernon describe his mother when he's talking about the family photo he likes so much?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where is Vernon's mother? Why is her absence important to the story? What aspects of the story might have been different if she were present?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Vernon as the story opens. How does he change over the course of the story? Why does he change?

Essay Topic 3

Who has stepped into the role of "mother" for Vernon's family after the death of their own mother? List some of her responsibilities. What is her reaction when Vernon's dad creates the schedule for everyone to take turns with the dishes? What are the reactions of the other children? Do you believe it's fair?

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