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. How does the children's disbelief make Helen feel?

2. What does Douglas believe will happen if he gets new sneakers?

3. How much more money does Douglas need to buy the new sneakers himself?

4. What is considered Douglas and Tom's first rite of the summer?

5. What do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta hide?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Clara and Elmira could be described as representing good and evil. Would you agree with this description? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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