Dicey's Song 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 image of her mother comes to her mind as Dicey is sitting alone on the dock at sunset?

2. What do Gram and Dicey agree upon about Maybeth's word lists and study assignments?

3. What recent find in the barn distracts Dicey's thoughts toward a daydream?

4. What is Gram's reaction to all the paperwork about welfare assistance?

5. What is it about the changed circumstances that has brought each of the kids to insecurity and doubt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gram's insistence about buying a jumper and a dress indicate?

2. Why is Dicey not pleased with having to shop for bras?

3. What does Gram's reaction about the kids in the attic reveal?

4. What is the effect on Dicey when she returns from a brief time out to learn the kids have gone to bed for the night?

5. What does the reaction of Gram and Dicey to the suggestion of a tutor for Maybeth indicate?

6. What is the impact on Gram's life now that the children have settled in at the farm?

7. Dicey manages to do well in most of her classes but what is it that nags at her full enjoyment?

8. Why does Dicey begin the school year with a loner attitude and does not attempt to make any friends?

9. What does Dicey's actions regarding the home economics apron project reveal about her inner self?

10. How does the current condition of the sailboat and Dicey's plans for it align with the current situation of the kids?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A recurring theme is the opening up of oneself, letting others get to know you and enter in to your life. The opening up is a process of steps, not a single event. Discuss the author's techniques in using the characters of Jeff and Mina and the deliberate separate steps the process takes for Dicey.

Essay Topic 2

The author's use of music is the basic building block of the entire story, starting with the obvious title. Describe how music provides the glue that holds the storyline together throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

While nervously awaiting in class the return of the essays by the English teacher, Dicey muses on the hypocrisy of school in general. Expand on the premise that school is supposed to be about learning and accumulating knowledge and wisdom, but in reality all that counts is a letter grade.

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