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 Douglas, his grandfather and brother meet Leo?

2. Which of the following characters is the conductor of the trolley?

3. Why can't any of the children or towsnpeople remember a young Mrs. Bentley?

4. Which of the following characters did the Green Machine run over?

5. Where does Douglas record his time traveling encounter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the Green Machine offer to Miss Fern and Miss Roberta that is suddenly taken away after the accident?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Douglas convince the shoe store owner to give him the new shoes and how does this process help the shoe store owner himself?

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

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

Throughout the novel adults and children are often compared. Does the novel lead the reader to believe that they are more similar or more different? What events from the novel support your conclusions?

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