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 Leo believe machines end up being used for?

2. What do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta do to the Green Machine?

3. Which of the following characters first tried the machine after Leo announced it was finished?

4. What does Douglas suggest they should build?

5. Which of the following terms is an antonym for the term jubilant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the accident with Mr. Quartermain distress Miss Fern and Miss Roberta so much?

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

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

6. Describe, in detail, the major themes focused on within this section of reading.

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

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

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

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

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

Death is an ongoing issue which must be dealt with throughout the novel. Describe the similarities and differences between how the children dealt with death and how the adults did. Make connections between this and your own personal experience.

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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