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. Which of the following did Lena not see when she was in the Happiness Machine?

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

3. How fast does the Green machine travel?

4. What summer ritual do Douglas and Tom take part in?

5. How much does Grandfather pay the boys for the dandelions they collect?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How and why is Colonel Freeleigh a real time machine, though not a mechanical contraption?

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

4. What portion of this section of the novel is the best example of the division between the elderly and the young?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generation gaps are explored throughout the novel. In what way is this important to the understanding of the characters of this novel? How do you personally relate to members of your own family who are from other generations? Use specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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