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 does Mother send Tom to purchase?

2. What is Tom relieved by when they return home?

3. What do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta hide?

4. Who does Douglas go hiking with?

5. How old is Douglas at the beginning of this novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how Douglas feels as he completes the task for his grandfather and describe what the tasks are.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What do Douglas and his father experience very differently and provide one example of how they see the same event quite differently?

10. What does the beating of the rugs symbolize to Douglas and Tom both?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe in detail the changes Douglas undergoes throughout the novel. Use specific details from the novel to support your description. Do you believe the changes were for the positive? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you believe Douglas is the only child disturbed by the events of the Lonely One's last murder? What do you think the purpose of including such a character in the novel was? Do you believe the character was developed enough, too much or not enough? Support your answer with information from the text.

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