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 is the dandelion wine used for during the winter?

2. What surprise does John have for Douglas?

3. In what year does this novel begin?

4. How does Tom feel as he and his mother approach the ravine?

5. What is it about Helen Bentley that the children do not believe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What other relationships does Bill and Helen's relationship parallel?

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

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

7. What brings Douglas comfort after so many things that he loves have all changed and ended at once?

8. How does Lavinia come to be the one responsible for the death of the Lonely One?

9. How did Bill end up falling in love with Helen even though there was a significant difference in their ages?

10. What does Douglas believe would have happened between Bill and Helen if they had been born at different times?

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The overall tone of this novel could be described as enchanting childhood summers. What examples from the text support this tone? Are there events that do not support this tone? If so what are they? If not, why do you think there are none?

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