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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. Who is fired from her job as a teacher?
2. What does Ellen discover in Dora's underwear drawer?
3. After her grandmother's death, who must Ellen live with?
4. Why doesn't Ellen buy Nadine and Dora gifts for Christmas?
5. Who is Julia?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ellen choose to give Nadine and Dora pictures of kittens for Christmas instead of a picture of a brooding ocean?
2. During Ellen's Christmas stay at Nadine's, what does Ellen hope for?
3. In what ways does Ellen's grandmother display paranoia?
4. Ellen found several questionable items in her cousin's bedroom. Why doesn't Ellen tell her aunt about these items?
5. 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?
6. What are some of the family secrets that Ellen uncovers/discovers while Ellen is living with her grandmother?
7. In Chapter 8, how is the reader once again introduced to the time frame of the novel?
8. Why do Ellen and Starletta keep a list?
9. 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?
10. Why does Ellen dread the day that Starletta 'forgot about her"?
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
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 3
Using the text and class discussions as an aid describe some of Ellen's fears and how she overcame them.
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