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 doesn't Helen show to the children?

2. Which of the following characters did the Green Machine run over?

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

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

5. Who does Douglas go hiking with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Douglas come to recover from the fever?

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

3. How does Tom keep an eye on Mr. Black so that Douglas and Tom can rescue Mme. Tarot?

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

5. Describe the scene where Elmira confronts Clara and how Clara reacts.

6. How can Douglas tell that Bill is devastated by Helen's death?

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

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

9. Why is Sam not surprised to return home from his job as the postman to find his wife, Elmira, hurt?

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

Essay 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

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

What powerful recognition does Douglas come to at the end of the novel? How is this recognition important? What does it represent in his life?

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