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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 happens to Ellen when she eats the same thing as her friend's family?
(a) She got sick.
(b) Her father slapped her.
(c) She wanted more.
(d) Nothing.

2. What food item does Ellen take with her on her pony ride?
(a) Biscuits.
(b) Candy.
(c) Carrots.
(d) Bread.

3. How does Ellen explain the item on her arm?
(a) Her father put the squeeze on her.
(b) Her father gave it to her as a present.
(c) She fell.
(d) She bought it.

4. 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) Books, parents and horses.
(d) Food, books and television.

5. How does Ellen honor her mother?
(a) Ellen painted a picture.
(b) Ellen made a shrine.
(c) Ellen wore her clothes.
(d) Ellen killed her father.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ellen wear her coat to bed?

2. What type of sickness does Ellen say weakens her mother's heart?

3. How does Ellen respond to the blunt question asked by a teacher?

4. How much money does Ellen offer Starletta's family to let her stay with them?

5. One day Ellen is given an inkblot test. What does Ellen call the inkblots?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, how does Ellen hint at favoritism towards her mother's family?

2. How does the fact that Ellen is concerned with snakes in her new life hint at how she feels about the members of her family?

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

4. How is Ellen's obsessive side shown in Chapter 6?

5. How is Ellen's grandmother's removal of Ellen's mother's clothes symbolic to the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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