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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 does Ellen do when her mother goes to bed?
(a) Went to bed with her.
(b) Cried.
(c) Called the police.
(d) Nothing.

2. What bad habit does Dora have?
(a) Biting her nails.
(b) Peeing her pants.
(c) Picking her nose.
(d) Whining.

3. 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.

4. What present does Ellen give to Starletta's family?
(a) A rooster.
(b) A fish.
(c) A spoon rest.
(d) Money.

5. From what room does Ellen observe her family from?
(a) The bedroom.
(b) The bathroom.
(c) The dining room.
(d) The kitchen.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Ellen returns to school after the funeral, what does one teacher bluntly ask her?

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

3. Who does Ellen consider killing?

4. What present does Ellen receive from Starletta's family?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Ellen wearing her mother's clothes symbolic to the story?

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 11, Ellen tells the reader that her grandmother passed away. Ellen feels that in her death her grandmother left "the score two to one". What score is Ellen referring to and why does Ellen make this statement?

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

8. Why do Ellen and Starletta keep a list?

9. 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?

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

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