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 Dencey visit almost every day?

2. What is Injun Jill's quest?

3. Why do the townspeople begin to see Sammie in a more favorable light?

4. What does Dencey bring so that Sammie would have something new to read?

5. What annual event occurs in Chapter 42?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sammie able to finally get the education he desires?

2. What does Dencey find when she takes a risk to go exploring in the attic?

3. What does Lovesta tell Dencey about repentance and what does Dencey plan to do regarding Sammie?

4. What do Dencey and Sammie decide to do after Injun Jill confronts Sammie about learning to read?

5. What happens when Lydia confronts Dencey about meeting with Sammie at Brown's barn?

6. How does Sammie's behavior change once he passes up the chance to kiss Dencey at the corn husking contest?

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

8. What does Sammie tell Dencey about a fight he has had with Injun Jill?

9. How has Sammie changed within himself? What changes do other people note about him?

10. What does Sammie grow to like about being in the Coffyn house, and what does Sammie realize that he has always craved for his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in 19th century New England. What precedents do these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? How were their lives significantly more difficult than the lives of 21st century women?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Caroline Dale Snedeker is a master at dramatic devices. Choose examples of symbolism, metaphor, and irony. Identify the device used for each and explain the examples.

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