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 Mrs. Bentley feel was stolen away by the children not believing that she was once young and pretty?

2. What is going to replace the trolley?

3. How does Douglas feel about the trolley being retired?

4. Where do the men and boys gather on many of the summer nights?

5. What does Leo believe the Happiness Machine will quell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe a typical summer night for Douglas' family.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Douglas' Grandfather become so upset at the idea of his neighbor replacing his grass with some that does not grow as fast?

10. Which brother seems more like the father and in what way do they seem to be the same?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe how Mr. Jonas and Douglas can be considered kindred souls. Use examples from the text to support your answer. Do you believe this meshing of minds and souls is what led to Douglas' healing? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Some might say that by acknowledging that some day he will die leads to Douglas almost facing death by becoming very ill. Explain why this statement might be accurate and why it might be inaccurate. Use specific examples from the novel to support your explanations.

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