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. How much does Grandfather pay the boys for the dandelions they collect?

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

3. Where does Douglas go with his brother Tom and his Father?

4. What does Douglas like to think of John as?

5. How many parts does Douglas decide to keep track of his summer in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What new revelation does Douglas come to by dividing up his summer?

5. Why is Frank confused at the message that Douglas gives to him to relay to his sisters?

6. Why does Douglas' Grandfather become so upset at the idea of his neighbor replacing his grass with some that does not grow as fast?

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

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

9. What is the overall tone of the opening of this novel and why do you believe that is the case?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you believe Douglas is the only child disturbed by the events of the Lonely One's last murder? What do you think the purpose of including such a character in the novel was? Do you believe the character was developed enough, too much or not enough? Support your answer with information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Children in the novel often live in the present, not the past or future. In what way do some of the adults in this novel live the same way? Think of an adult that you know that lives this same way. Do you think it is a good way to live? Use their experiences to support your judgment.

Essay Topic 3

How do characters throughout the novel use their imagination to make themselves happier? Use specific examples from the novel to support your answers. Do you believe this is a healthy way to live? Why or why not?

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