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 is it about Helen Bentley that the children do not believe?

2. What does the time machine turn out to be?

3. What makes Lena furious about the time Leo spent working on the Happiness Machine?

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

5. Which of the following characters is the conductor of the trolley?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lena become reduced to tears after she uses the Happiness Machine that Leo built?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did the accident with Mr. Quartermain distress Miss Fern and Miss Roberta so much?

9. How did Helen overcome her exasperation at the children not being able to accept the fact that she was once young?

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

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

Some might say that by acknowledging that some day he will die leads to Douglas almost facing death by becoming very ill. Explain why this statement might be accurate and why it might be inaccurate. Use specific examples from the novel to support your explanations.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail the changes Douglas undergoes throughout the novel. Use specific details from the novel to support your description. Do you believe the changes were for the positive? Why or why not?

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