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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 agrees to let Ellen live with them temporarily?
2. Which character dies at the end of Chapter 11?
3. What one thing does Ellen not do for her mother?
4. In Ellen's new life in Chapter 12, who wakes her up every day for school?
5. Where does someone show up looking for Ellen?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Ellen found several questionable items in her cousin's bedroom. Why doesn't Ellen tell her aunt about these items?
3. In Chapter 9, Ellen's father shows up at her school; using details from the text describe the scene that followed.
4. Using details from the text, describe Ellen and her grandmother's relationship.
5. What are some of the family secrets that Ellen uncovers/discovers while Ellen is living with her grandmother?
6. Why didn't Dora want to tell Ellen about Dora and Nadine's usual Christmas ritual?
7. In Chapter 8, how is the reader once again introduced to the time frame of the novel?
8. 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?
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
In several instances in the text, Ellen tries to control the small things around her. Why does Ellen need to control these things?
Essay Topic 2
Using the discussions from class and details from the text list some of the ways Ellen had to fend for herself.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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