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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 respond to her grandmother's reply as to why her grandmother hates her?
2. Where does Ellen's grandmother make Ellen work?
3. What nickname does Ellen give her grandmother?
4. Who decides that Ellen must move in with a family member?
5. What one materialistic possession is the only thing Ellen really cares about?
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. In what ways does Ellen's grandmother display paranoia?
3. Using details from the text, describe Ellen and her grandmother's relationship.
4. 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?
5. Why does Ellen dread the day that Starletta 'forgot about her"?
6. What types of new experiences is Ellen exposed to at her stay with Julia and Roy?
7. Why does Ellen begin signing her papers with the last name Foster?
8. 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?
9. How do Nadine and Betsy react to their mother's death?
10. Using details from the text, describe how Ellen spends her time at Nadine's house.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During Ellen's mother's funeral, it was raining. How is the rain a symbol of the hardships/storms coming up in Ellen's life?
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the story Ellen is neglected by her father. Write a description of how her father neglected her and the effects of the neglect on Ellen's life.
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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