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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. How does Ellen say her father dies?
3. Where are Julia and Roy originally from?
4. What activity always happens after church?
5. What will Ellen miss the most about her grandmother's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ellen feel that Starletta only likes Tom for his money?
2. In Chapter 9, Ellen's father shows up at her school; using details from the text describe the scene that followed.
3. In Chapter 8, how is the reader once again introduced to the time frame of the novel?
4. Why do Ellen and Starletta keep a list?
5. Ellen found several questionable items in her cousin's bedroom. Why doesn't Ellen tell her aunt about these items?
6. During Ellen's Christmas stay at Nadine's, what does Ellen hope for?
7. Ellen had to go to court to decide whose custody Ellen should be in. Describe what happened in court.
8. Why is church mandatory for Ellen when she moves in with her new mama?
9. Why does Ellen choose to give Nadine and Dora pictures of kittens for Christmas instead of a picture of a brooding ocean?
10. Ellen's grandmother forces Ellen to go to work. Describe Ellen's job duties.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Using class discussion and the text as an aid describe some of Ellen's extended family relationships. Is there a closeness between the family? Why or why not?
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
During the two years that the story takes place, Ellen lived with various people. Compare and contrast the experiences Ellen had with each of these people. How are they similar/different? What effect do they have on Ellen? Use details from the class discussion and the text to support your answer.
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