Ellen Foster Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is mandatory every Sunday in Ellen's new home?

2. After her grandmother's death, who must Ellen live with?

3. In Ellen's new life in Chapter 12, who wakes her up every day for school?

4. What request does Ellen consider asking her new mama?

5. What day does Ellen dread?

Short Essay Questions

1. During Ellen's Christmas stay at Nadine's, what does Ellen hope for?

2. Why is church mandatory for Ellen when she moves in with her new mama?

3. Ellen found several questionable items in her cousin's bedroom. Why doesn't Ellen tell her aunt about these items?

4. Ellen's grandmother forces Ellen to go to work. Describe Ellen's job duties.

5. In Chapter 9, Ellen's father shows up at her school; using details from the text describe the scene that followed.

6. Using details from the text, describe Ellen's shopping system.

7. Why does Ellen begin signing her papers with the last name Foster?

8. Ellen had to go to court to decide whose custody Ellen should be in. Describe what happened in court.

9. What are some of the family secrets that Ellen uncovers/discovers while Ellen is living with her grandmother?

10. Using details from the text, describe Ellen and her grandmother's relationship.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using details from the text and in-class research, describe how Ellen was mature, or immature, for her age.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways does addiction manifest itself in Ellen's story? How does Ellen cope with the addiction around her?

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