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. What summer first does Grandfather look forward to and relish?

2. Where do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta hide?

3. What happens to Leo after he enters the kitchen and announces he finished the plans for the Happiness Machine?

4. Which of the following did Lena not see when she was in the Happiness Machine?

5. How does Lena feel about the idea of the Happiness Machine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Douglas' Grandfather become so upset at the idea of his neighbor replacing his grass with some that does not grow as fast?

4. How does Great-grandma tell Douglas that she will always be with him, even for a thousand years?

5. What portion of this section of the novel is the best example of the division between the elderly and the young?

6. What are the different views on Helen's death and how it relates to happy endings by Douglas and Tom?

7. How did Douglas finish his tablet entry and when did he make the decision to finish the entry in this manner?

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

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

10. How and why is Colonel Freeleigh a real time machine, though not a mechanical contraption?

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

Why do you believe the author of this novel chose the title Dandelion Wine? Do you believe it is an appropriate title for the book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Children in the novel often live in the present, not the past or future. In what way do some of the adults in this novel live the same way? Think of an adult that you know that lives this same way. Do you think it is a good way to live? Use their experiences to support your judgment.

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