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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. What item does Ellen's new mama never seem to run out of?

2. Why doesn't Ellen tell anyone about her problems with her father?

3. What present does Ellen give to Starletta's family?

4. Who does Ellen plan on living with after her stay at Starletta's?

5. What animal does Ellen hope her pony would scare away?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. At the funeral, why does Ellen avoid looking at her mother's grave?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using class discussion and the text as an aid describe some of Ellen's extended family relationships. Is there a closeness between the family? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the symbolic elements the author uses in the story? Use class discussion and the text to support your answer.

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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