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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. What color is the outfit Ellen is wearing to the funeral?
(a) Red-checked.
(b) Blue-checked.
(c) Red plaid.
(d) Blue plaid.

2. What make-up item does Ellen contemplate wearing to her mother's funeral?
(a) Eye liner.
(b) Lipstick.
(c) Blush.
(d) Eye shadow.

3. What luxuries does Ellen have in her new life that did not exist in her old life?
(a) Food, clothes and friends.
(b) Horses, parents and clothes.
(c) Food, books and television.
(d) Books, parents and horses.

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

5. How many siblings does Ellen have at her new mother's house?
(a) 5.
(b) 2.
(c) 7.
(d) 0.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ellen feel that her mother is better off in the hospital than at home?

2. From what room does Ellen observe her family from?

3. What entertainment activity does Ellen's father entertain his guests with on New Year's Eve?

4. Who visits Ellen at school after she is a ward of the state?

5. What errand does Ellen enjoy partaking in with her new mama?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of new experiences is Ellen exposed to at her stay with Julia and Roy?

2. How is Ellen's former life and her new life an example of dualism?

3. How does the author create a reversal of the mother-daughter role in the novel?

4. What happens to Julia and Roy after Ellen moves out?

5. What are some of the fun and leisure activities Ellen is granted in her new home?

6. Why does Ellen choose Starletta's parents when asked by the school board if Ellen has someone to take care of her?

7. How does Ellen's new mama receive the name 'new mama'?

8. At the funeral, why does Ellen avoid looking at her mother's grave?

9. Using details from the text, describe how Ellen spends her time at Nadine's house.

10. How do Nadine and Betsy react to their mother's death?

(see the answer keys)

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