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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. Whom must Ellen share the pony with?
(a) The other children in the house.
(b) Her father.
(c) No one.
(d) Her cousin.

2. Where does Ellen celebrate her first Christmas after her mother's death?
(a) With her father.
(b) At Starletta's house.
(c) Nowhere; Ellen stopped celebrating christmas.
(d) At her grandmother's house.

3. The day after the funeral, where does Ellen prepare to go?
(a) The mall.
(b) School.
(c) Church.
(d) The skating rink.

4. What has Ellen's mother's absence forced Ellen to obtain for herself?
(a) Friends.
(b) Love.
(c) Food.
(d) Clothes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Ellen's mother's clothes?

2. What does Ellen think her father is?

3. Who does Ellen stop speaking to?

4. In Ellen's new life with her new mama, what runs smoothly?

5. What is Nadine's response to the drive through this part of town?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In what way does Ellen use reading?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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