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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. Why does Mattie's mother make such a fuss over the invitation?

2. What does Mattie do to keep herself from crying?

3. Why does Grandfather not wake up?

4. Who will stay with Mrs. Cook?

5. What happened to Matilda's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mattie distrust Dr. Rowley?

2. How does the author use foreshadowing to tell the reader that Colette may be ill?

3. What do Mattie and Grandfather learn at the newspaper office?

4. What do some people in the coffeehouse suggest is causing the sickness?

5. What three things does a soldier need to fight?

6. What do Mattie and her mother argue about at the end of Chapter 3?

7. Why does the church bell ring twenty-one times?

8. Describe Grandfather as he leaves on the wagon.

9. How does Mattie try to catch fish in the stream?

10. What has Grandfather been doing while Mattie has been recovering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mattie goes through several rites of passage in this novel. In your essay:

1) Describe at least two events that help usher her into adulthood.

2) Then discuss how these events help make her a "woman".

Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the first chapter and the epilogue. There are many similarities and differences between these two chapters. Compare and contrast these two chapters paying particular attention to the main characters. Be sure to cite specific examples to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 26 Mattie states, "Yellow Fever had certainly done away with vanity." What do you think she means by this statement? How would you have reacted if your "vanity" was taken away by disease? Why?

Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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