Dandelion Wine 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. Why can't any of the children or towsnpeople remember a young Mrs. Bentley?

2. Where do many of the women work and chat on the summer nights?

3. What does the Happiness Machine actually result in?

4. What does Leo believe machines end up being used for?

5. Where does Douglas go while Grandfather takes Tom home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be said that Leo has tampered with when he follows through on building the Happiness Machine?

2. What great secret does Douglas believe his father and Tom have already realized?

3. Why is Frank confused at the message that Douglas gives to him to relay to his sisters?

4. How did Helen overcome her exasperation at the children not being able to accept the fact that she was once young?

5. Based on Tom's habit of keeping statistics, what idea does Douglas implement himself?

6. Describe, in detail, the major themes focused on within this section of reading.

7. Describe a typical summer night for Douglas' family.

8. What ruins Douglas' zest for life and desire to take in every new detail?

9. What new revelation does Douglas come to by dividing up his summer?

10. Why does Douglas believe that he must get new sneakers to keep his new found sense of aliveness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do characters throughout the novel use their imagination to make themselves happier? Use specific examples from the novel to support your answers. Do you believe this is a healthy way to live? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How are the themes of fear and death developed throughout the novel? Use specific examples from the text to support your statements. Do you believe the author does a good job at developing these themes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Some might say that by acknowledging that some day he will die leads to Douglas almost facing death by becoming very ill. Explain why this statement might be accurate and why it might be inaccurate. Use specific examples from the novel to support your explanations.

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