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

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

3. Who is softly playing at the piano keys after dinner trying to harmonize a song tune?

4. What is the subject matter in English class that Dicey finds boring?

5. What specific words in the song Dicey hears cause her to stop and concentrate for the meaning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Maybeth is discouraged and upset by how others treat her, what does James' reaction indicate?

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

4. What action does Gram take that compromises her long held principles but demonstrates her willingness to do what needs to be done?

5. Gram receives along letter from the doctor in Boston about Momma's condition. What are Dicey's thoughts when Gram tells her that there has been no change in Momma's condition?

6. What does Dicey's decision about Maybeth's music lesson cost indicate?

7. What does Sammy striving to be the perfect student ultimately lead to?

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

9. What does Gram taking Dicey on the shopping trip indicate?

10. What is the importance of the presence of Mr. Limgerle as the babysitter and staying as dinner guest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elaborate on the symbolism of the sailboat found in the barn that is still very serviceable but needs to be scraped of the old and peeling paint, the roughness smoothed out and the exterior restored with a new coat of fresh paint. What are the parallels that liken to the four kids newly arrived at the farm?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the character and personality of James Tillerman. Describe three instances where his thoughts, comments or actions demonstrate a superior intellect.

Essay Topic 3

Elaborate on the basic theme by citing examples of Dicey wanting to be free of responsibility so she can pursue her own course yet wanting the kids to need her. An example of Dicey's conflicting wants is her rejection of Sammy helping with the boat versus Sammy not telling what is on his mind about school and friends.

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