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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 does Dora still believe in?
2. After her grandmothers death, how does Ellen decide to treat her new residence?
3. How many guests does Ellen invite to her birthday party?
4. Why does Ellen's grandmother threaten to break Ellen's hands?
5. How does Ellen say her father dies?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why does Ellen begin signing her papers with the last name Foster?
3. In Chapter 9, Ellen's father shows up at her school; using details from the text describe the scene that followed.
4. Why does Ellen choose to give Nadine and Dora pictures of kittens for Christmas instead of a picture of a brooding ocean?
5. Using details from the text, describe Ellen's shopping system.
6. Using details from the text, describe how Ellen spends her time at Nadine's house.
7. What happens to Julia and Roy after Ellen moves out?
8. During Ellen's Christmas stay at Nadine's, what does Ellen hope for?
9. Why do Ellen and Starletta keep a list?
10. How does Ellen celebrate her 11th birthday?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The author's use of foreshadowing and flashbacks was prevalent throughout the novel. List 3-5 examples of the author's use of these literary elements and how they were effectively used by the author.
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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