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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. How does Ellen's father die?

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

3. What activity has become an escape for Ellen?

4. What hygiene task does Ellen let her new mama perform on her?

5. What is the pony's name that Ellen wants to ride?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event leads to Ellen's removal from her father's care?

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

3. Why does Ellen choose Starletta's parents when asked by the school board if Ellen has someone to take care of her?

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

5. 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?

6. Why does Ellen have conflicting views about Starletta's family?

7. How is the pony's name, Dolphin, a symbol of freedom to Ellen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An underlining theme throughout the novel was death. Several people in Ellen's life died, and metaphorically Ellen herself died and had a rebirth. Using details from the text describe how the topic of death was a central theme throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Using details from the text and in-class research, describe how Ellen was mature, or immature, for her age.

Essay Topic 3

List and discuss several ways that Ellen's character evolved throughout the novel.

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