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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 writing tense does the author use to tell Ellen's story?
(a) Past tense.
(b) Present tense.
(c) Past and the present tense.
(d) Future tense.

2. 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 closet.
(b) At Starletta's house.
(c) In the garage.
(d) In the woods.

3. Who is Dora?
(a) Ellen's cousin.
(b) Ellen's aunt.
(c) Ellen's sister.
(d) Ellen's friend.

4. What item spills out of Ellen's mother's purse?
(a) Bills.
(b) Her heart pills.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Money.

5. In Ellen's new life with her new mama, what runs smoothly?
(a) Her world.
(b) Her horse.
(c) Her mother's heart.
(d) Her car.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ellen refuse to play with Starletta's toys?

2. What well-to-do relative of Ellen's attends the funeral?

3. What hygiene task does Ellen let her new mama perform on her?

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

5. Before the end of the service, but after the fight with Ellen's father, what does this well-to-do relative do?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Ellen use reading?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What gifts does Ellen buy herself for Christmas?

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

7. How does Ellen's grandmother cause a scene at the funeral?

8. Why does Ellen feel that she is better off being a ward of the county rather than being in the custody of her father?

9. How is the pony's name, Dolphin, a symbol of freedom to Ellen?

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

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