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. How does Ellen refer to her large head?

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

3. Where does Ellen tell her father to sleep when he passes out in the bathroom?

4. A drive through what part of town is necessary to reach the location where the funeral service is being held?

5. Who does Ellen stop speaking to?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What gifts does Ellen buy herself for Christmas?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Using details from class discussions and from the text, describe how the author created a dualism in Ellen's life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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