Four Summers Test | Mid-Book 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. Which of the following details is provided about Jerry's appearance?

2. Which of the following is a theme in the book, visible in the first summer?

3. Which of the following is a new addition to Sissie's family in the second summer?

4. Who wishes that their father were dead?

5. The reader can determine that the narrator has matured by the second summer after studying which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the writer demonstrate that Sissie's language has matured by the fourth part?

2. In what ways does Jesse remind Sissie of her father?

3. Describe one piece of foreshadowing that occurs in Sissie's second summer of narration.

4. Why did Sissie marry Jesse?

5. What causes Sissie to feel suffocated in the final part of the book?

6. In what way does Sissie compare herself to her mother? How does she think they are different?

7. How does Sissie view her father in Part 2? How does this compare to Jerry's view of their father?

8. Why does Sissie call her encounter with the mysterious man a "game"?

9. Is Sissie powerless the first summer? Why or why not?

10. After reading about Sissie's first summer experience at the tavern, what predictions can be made about the rest of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the use of foreshadowing in the text. Point out two specific pieces of foreshadowing from the story and explain what the foreshadowing represents for the reader.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Sissie's development as a character. Describe her starting position in comparison to her ending position. How does she change physically? How do her emotions and beliefs change? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the title "Four Summers" to the story? How does it relate to the setting and Sissie's character development? Is the title so important that if it were changed, it would change the story's context? Why or why not?

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