The Dollmaker 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. Which of the following words best describes how the cab driver responds to the excitement of Gertie's children?

2. Which of the following words describes Gertie's mother?

3. How much does Gertie offer to pay the officer for the ride?

4. How does Gertie appear to handle behavioral issues that arise with the children?

5. Who does Gertie leave Amos with while she takes the kids to school for the first day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Gertie wants to avoid her mother?

2. What happens to the children as Gertie's mother describes the possible life in Detroit?

3. What is a problem with Gertie that is clearly defined in this chapter?

4. What does Gertie think about the idea that Clovis would be working in one of the factories?

5. At the beginning of chapter ten, Gertie awakens from a dream about what?

6. Gertie meets a black woman on the train. What does this woman tell Gertie which surprises Gertie?

7. Why is Clytie crying at the beginning of chapter three?

8. What new information is learned about Max's relationship with her husband?

9. What happens when Gertie finds out Henley wants to give her all the money he had been saving for his own farm?

10. Gertie gets physically sick on the train. What happens after she is ill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing what the knives in this novel represent. Use specific examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on how the book might have been different had Henley not left Gertie the money. Use events from the story but indicate how they would be different.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing Gertie's realization at the end of the novel. Explain how this realization could change the future for Gertie and her family. Relate her realization to your own life in your description.

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