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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. Who does Ellen tell the teacher she wants to live with when the teacher asks Ellen to call someone to pick her up?

2. What does Ellen's friend's family sometimes eat?

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

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

5. What activity has become an escape for Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the family secrets that Ellen uncovers/discovers while Ellen is living with her grandmother?

3. Using detail from the text to support your answer, why does Ellen decide to treat Nadine's residence like a hotel?

4. In what way does Ellen use reading?

5. In Chapter 9, Ellen's father shows up at her school; using details from the text describe the scene that followed.

6. Using details from the text, describe Ellen's shopping system.

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

8. Using details from the text, describe Ellen and her grandmother's relationship.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In two instances of the story Ellen describes her Christmas celebrations. Compare and contrast the two occasions using details from the text as an aid.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the elements of Ellen's personality. How does Ellen exhibit a dualism in her personality?

Essay Topic 3

During the two years that the story takes place, Ellen lived with various people. Compare and contrast the experiences Ellen had with each of these people. How are they similar/different? What effect do they have on Ellen? Use details from the class discussion and the text to support your answer.

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