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. Why does Mother grow anxious when Tom returns from the store?

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

3. What does Douglas believe will happen if he gets new sneakers?

4. How are the children taken back in time?

5. What does Douglas use to begin to appreciate his surroundings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe, in detail, the major themes focused on within this section of reading.

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

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

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

The overall tone of this novel could be described as enchanting childhood summers. What examples from the text support this tone? Are there events that do not support this tone? If so what are they? If not, why do you think there are none?

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