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. What is left in Ellen's mailbox each month?

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

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

4. What errand does Ellen enjoy partaking in with her new mama?

5. In order to stay the night at Starletta's house, what lie does Ellen tell Starletta's parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the fun and leisure activities Ellen is granted in her new home?

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

4. How does the author create a reversal of the mother-daughter role in the novel?

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

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

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

8. In what ways does the author indicate that Ellen's father killed Ellen's mother?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Using the context clues located in the story, how can the reader determine the setting even though the author and narrator never explicitly provides the reader with the information?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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