Downright Dencey Test | Final Test - Hard

Caroline Dale Snedeker
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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. Whom does Sammie talk to about his mother?

2. What does Lydia promise as punishment for Dencey?

3. What is something that Sammie notes about the Coffyn house which he craves?

4. What complicates the search for Dencey?

5. Which of the following is something Aunt Lovesta does NOT tell Dencey that Dencey can do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Aunt Lovesta's advice for Dencey regarding her punishment? What must Dencey promise not to do again?

2. Why does Sammie want to win the corn husking contest but is also afraid that he might win it?

3. Who is Aunt Lovesta, and what is Dencey's relationship with her?

4. Explain what happens when Injun Jill discovers Sammie studying with Dencey again.

5. How does Dencey respond when Sammie tells her that Injun Jill will not let him study with Dencey anymore?

6. What path has Sammie found for his future, and what feelings does Dencey have after he kisses her?

7. What has happened to Lovesta after her years of punishment?

8. What is Lydia's response when she finds that Dencey has been reading an inappropriate book?

9. After Sammie has watched the performance, why does Dencey think that Sammie's soul is in jeopardy, and why does she feel compelled to save him?

10. What are Dencey's plans for the coat her Uncle Stephen is discarding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

DOWNRIGHT DENCEY is a classic coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

What is the greatest lesson Dencey learns in the book? Is it true that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Dencey always recall about her mother's admonitions? What impact did Aunt Lovesta have on Dencey's life? What would Dencey consider to be her best decision?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Caroline Dale Snedeker's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where she did.

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