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 do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta hide?

2. What does Helen do with most of her possessions after deciding to live only in the present?

3. What does Mother send Tom to purchase?

4. What does Douglas use to begin to appreciate his surroundings?

5. Which of the following doesn't Helen show to the children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Name two examples where Douglas tried to cling to something in order to control destiny or change.

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

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

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

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

9. How do Tom's fears come to surround him, make him feel, and expand into his imagination?

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

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

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?

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