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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why doesn't Ellen tell anyone about her problems with her father?
(a) She didn't care about her problems.
(b) She was worried she'd get in trouble.
(c) She didn't have any problems.
(d) She was scared and untrusting.

2. What present does Ellen receive from Starletta's family?
(a) A toy.
(b) A sweater.
(c) A saw.
(d) A coupon.

3. What does Ellen use reading for?
(a) An escape from her past life.
(b) A way to make people jealous.
(c) To gain knowledge.
(d) To test her friends.

4. Where does Ellen hide on New Year's Day while she waits for her father and his friends to leave her house?
(a) At Starletta's house.
(b) In the garage.
(c) In the woods.
(d) In the closet.

5. How does Ellen's father die?
(a) Murder.
(b) Natural Causes.
(c) Alcoholism.
(d) Suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Ellen's mother's absence forced Ellen to obtain for herself?

2. In order to stay the night at Starletta's house, what lie does Ellen tell Starletta's parents?

3. How does Ellen feel about her aunt?

4. How does Ellen refer to her large head?

5. What food item does Ellen take with her on her pony ride?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ellen's selection of gifts show that Ellen has to take responsibility for herself?

2. In what ways has Ellen's mother's family shown that they do not care if Ellen is being neglected?

3. In what ways does Ellen justify not telling anyone about the circumstances of her mother's death?

4. The author never indicates the time period of when the events in Ellen's life are taking place. How can one tell from the context about clues that Ellen's story happens in fairly modern times?

5. In what ways does the author indicate that Ellen's father killed Ellen's mother?

6. In Chapter 6, how does Ellen's prejudiced nature show up?

7. How can a reader tell that Ellen may harbor some prejudices toward African American people?

8. In Chapter 1, Ellen contemplates killing someone. How does Ellen plan to kill this person and respond to the death if she actually goes through with it?

9. Up to Chapter 7, what are some of the ways Ellen covers up for her father?

10. Why does Ellen feel that her relatives are phonies?

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