Ellen Foster Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Ellen's family attends a funeral for what character?

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

4. Who are Rudolph and Ellis?

5. What does Ellen contemplate before leaving the bathroom to give everyone something to talk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ellen's selection of gifts show that Ellen has to take responsibility for herself?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why does Ellen have to make sure that she retrieves the envelope of money from the mailbox before her father can get to it?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the text and class discussions as an aid describe some of Ellen's fears and how she overcame them.

Essay Topic 2

The author's use of foreshadowing and flashbacks was prevalent throughout the novel. List 3-5 examples of the author's use of these literary elements and how they were effectively used by the author.

Essay Topic 3

Ellen describes her 11th birthday in detail in the text. Why is this birthday significant to Ellen and her journey to her new life? How does Ellen previously celebrate her birthdays?

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