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. In what state does this novel take place?

2. What happens when Leo tries the machine himself?

3. What does Douglas test John on in the hopes that John will remember Douglas for a long time?

4. Why can't any of the children or towsnpeople remember a young Mrs. Bentley?

5. What does Tom say would not belong in a Happiness Machine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Douglas help Grandmother to be able to return to the excellent cook she always was before Aunt Rose came?

3. How does Douglas decide is the best way to pay back Mr. Jonas?

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

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

6. How do Tom's fears come to surround him, make him feel, and expand into his imagination?

7. What do the various bottles of dandelion wine that were bottled from June and July represent to Douglas?

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

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

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

Essay 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

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 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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