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. Where does Douglas go while Grandfather takes Tom home?

2. Which word best describes how Miss Fern and Miss Roberta feel?

3. What does Mother send Tom to purchase?

4. Which of the following is not something Leo Auffmann is known for?

5. Which of the following terms is an antonym for the term jubilant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What ritual does Douglas take comfort in that relates to the adults in his life?

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

4. What is the overall tone of the opening of this novel and why do you believe that is the case?

5. In what ways was the fact that change is difficult for children reinforced in this section of the novel?

6. Why does Lena become reduced to tears after she uses the Happiness Machine that Leo built?

7. Why does Douglas suggest that he and John spend the time alone in a haystack doing nothing?

8. What revelation does Leo come to after the Happiness Machine burns?

9. How does Leo rationalize to a displeased Lena that the Happiness Machine is a necessity?

10. What is Leo having a difficult time resolving in his own mind that he discusses albeit briefly with Douglas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kinship and personal connections are often explored throughout the novel. How and why is this an important part of the novel's themes? Do you agree with the way the author portrays these concepts? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What does the end of the summer mark for Douglas? Do you believe that this change was for the positive or negative? Why do you feel that way?

Essay Topic 3

Many things change in this novel. Provide details describing how both the adults and children handle change in the novel. Use specific details from the novel to support your description.

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