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 Mother send Tom to purchase?

2. How many parts does Douglas decide to keep track of his summer in?

3. Where does Douglas record his time traveling encounter?

4. What rite does Douglas perform on the third day of summer?

5. Which of the following are the major themes of this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Helen overcome her exasperation at the children not being able to accept the fact that she was once young?

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

3. What great secret does Douglas believe his father and Tom have already realized?

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

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

6. Describe how Douglas feels as he completes the task for his grandfather and describe what the tasks are.

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

8. What ritual does Douglas take comfort in that relates to the adults in his life?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the theme of aging developed throughout the novel? Use specific examples from the text to support your statements. Do you believe the author does a good job at developing this theme? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How are the themes of man and nature developed throughout the novel. Use specific examples from the text to support your statements. Do you believe the author does a good job at developing these themes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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