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 has happened to Maybeth that brings her to uncontrollable sobbing?

3. What is it about the history paper James writes that is different than the usual?

4. What is the common thread in the kids' background that seems to stifle true joy of life?

5. What does James think might be the root of Maybeth's reading troubles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the small sailboat Dicey finds in the barn anchor her thoughts on this day?

2. Dicey relaxes in the yard a few days before school is to begin and thinks about the future. What thoughts are most troubling?

3. What action does Gram take that signals maybe there is a chance for a stable future in Maryland?

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

5. Why does Gram insist upon first telling only Dicey about what the teachers had to say?

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

7. What small initiative step does Dicey take soon after school starts that shows she still feels responsible for the four kids?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a recurring theme of stubborn independence and striving that appears in each of the Tillermans like a wood grain pattern, sometimes clear and strong and in other instances lighter and less intense. Discuss each, citing examples ranking from the strongest such streak to the weakest streak.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story Dicey is generally depicted as mature beyond her early teen age. Her effort on the apron project is understandable in light of the fact she disliked the home economics course itself. Explain how Dicey's thoughts and actions were not mature and what would have been more in keeping with her character.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the sameness of some of the eccentricity shown in the personalities of Gram and of Dicey, such as their apparent disregard for clothing fashion and the opinions of others in this regard.

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