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 Douglas test John on in the hopes that John will remember Douglas for a long time?

2. How is Frank related to Miss Fern and Miss Roberta?

3. What is Tom relieved by when they return home?

4. Where do Miss Fern and Miss Roberta hide?

5. What does Lena make sure is happening before she sends for the fire department?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helen Bentley attempt to prove to the children that she was indeed once a child?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Douglas convince the shoe store owner to give him the new shoes and how does this process help the shoe store owner himself?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel adults and children are often compared. Does the novel lead the reader to believe that they are more similar or more different? What events from the novel support your conclusions?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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