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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 truth does Ellen's grandmother constantly remind Ellen of?
2. Who is Ellen's imaginary boyfriend?
3. Who is fired from her job as a teacher?
4. Which character dies at the end of Chapter 11?
5. What request does Ellen consider asking her new mama?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Nadine and Betsy react to their mother's death?
2. In Chapter 10 the reader is introduced to Ellen's naivety. Even though Ellen is wise beyond her years, what does Ellen think about the sharecroppers who work on her grandmother's farm?
3. Using details from the text, describe how Ellen spends her time at Nadine's house.
4. In Chapter 11, Ellen tells the reader that her grandmother passed away. Ellen feels that in her death her grandmother left "the score two to one". What score is Ellen referring to and why does Ellen make this statement?
5. What happens to Julia and Roy after Ellen moves out?
6. Ellen found several questionable items in her cousin's bedroom. Why doesn't Ellen tell her aunt about these items?
7. Why does Ellen choose to give Nadine and Dora pictures of kittens for Christmas instead of a picture of a brooding ocean?
8. Why do Ellen and Starletta keep a list?
9. How does Ellen express a lack of belonging throughout Chapters 1-8?
10. Why is Ellen worried about her grandmother dying?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Compare and contrast the elements of Ellen's personality. How does Ellen exhibit a dualism in her personality?
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